Author: Ellen Forney
Publish Date: November 2012
Publisher: Gotham Books
Where to buy: http://marblesbyellenforney.com/order.php#.VJMKjBCE
Author website: http://marblesbyellenforney.com
guest review by Kat Georgakopoulos
Ellen Forney thought that her unique personality propelled her creativity in just the right way. However, when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of twenty-nine, Ellen’s perception of herself was turned upside down. Manic, manic, and even more manic, Ellen was advised by her therapist to seek the aid of medication. But Ellen perceived medication to be a direct threat to her creativity. So she fought to preserve herself while simultaneously searching for stability. Through a full year, Ellen entered phases of total energy where she took on an incredible number of tasks, which was paired with phases where she did not know why she could not stop crying. Ellen’s openness in her desire to become a better human being and find her true balance in the face of a terrifying mood disorder is at the core of this inspiring memoir.
The graphic memoir consists of black and white artwork, capturing both her outer life as well as the frenzy of her mind throughout her journey. The flow of words, speech and thought bubbles around the page meticulously portrays a glimpse into the mind of Ellen. Paired with sketches from sessions of Ellen’s therapy session, we are able to see how Ellen progresses through the year alongside the help of her therapist and suggestions. This book is unique in the way that it allows the reader to journey along with Ellen’s mind in addition to her actions through her struggle to stability.