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Marrit Ingman became a mother on February 27, 2002. She went crazy—also on February 27, 2002. Her journey began with a plate of carne guisada and led to an emergency cesarian, ankyloglossia, colic, gastroesphageal reflux, eczema, Zoloft, Paxil, peanut allergy, suicidal ideation, hepatitis, and a whole lot of pie. Ingman candidly writes about her struggle with postpartum depression and her feelings of inadequacy, writing with irony, sarcasm, and wit as she paints a portrait of parenthood far unlike the popular image of glowing bliss.
"Marrit Ingman achieves the impossible; she manages to make you laugh while confronting the true madness and misery of postpartum depression and a colic. She’s bitter, irreverent, and a marvelous writer."
—Ayelet Waldman, author of the Mommy-Track Mysteries and Daughter’s Keeper
"Talk about what they don't tell you in What to Expect When You’re Expecting! Inconsolable is a book of rare honesty about the sucky side of parenting."
—Ariel Gore, author of The Mother Trip and Whatever, Mom
"Marrit Ingman is a writer with a child, but she's not a Momoirist. She's an observer, a surveyor, an interpreter, a skeptic. She's a woman who wrestled with Postpartum Depression and won, but she's not here to rub it in. She's a storyteller, and this is her story. Trust me: Take a deep breath and read. This is intelligent, honest, sensitive, funny, stylish stuff. It fortifies and restores."
-Shawn Badgley, The Austin Chronicle
"Inconsolable shows us that Postpartum Depression is a systemic social problem that needs to be addressed by supporting mothers' unpaid nurturing work through more than yearly greeting cards. If we are a nation with that values family, we need to listen to Marrit Ingman."
-Amy Hudock, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Literary Mama