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In 1985 William Styron fell victim to a crippling and nearly suicidal depression. This book is his description of his descent into depression, an unprecedented account of the journey into madness. That he manages to convey its tortuous progression and his eventual recovery with such candor and precision makes this book a rare work that will arouse a shock of recognition even among those who have been spared the suffering it describes.
"A chilling yet hopeful report from a mental wilderness into which one in ten Americans disappears."--Chicago Sun-Times
"A striking addition to the notable personal accounts of mental illness."--The Washington Post Book World