In My Blood: Six Generations of Madness and Desire in an American Family (Paperback)

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While working on his second novel, John Sedgwick spiraled into a depression so profound that it very nearly resulted in suicide. An author acclaimed for his intimate literary excursions into the rarified, moneyed enclave of Brahmin Boston, he decided to search for the roots of his malaise in the history of his own storied family—one of America's oldest and most notable. Following a bloodline that travels from Theodore Sedgwick, compatriot of George Washington and John Adams, to Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol's tragic muse, John Sedgwick's very personal journey of self-discovery became something far greater: a spellbinding study of the evolution of an extraordinary American family.

Praise For…


“Ingenious…a lurid inversion of the American Dream...it...makes a larger point about the self protective mechanisms of American democracy.”

“Articulate, insightful…and substantial…Mr. Sedgwick provides a clear, incisive view of a complicated family.”

“Gorgeous...fascinating...it’s John Sedgwick’s struggles with his own health and identity that give this book its literary power.”

“Compelling family biography…These people are...like characters in a very good novel...[Sedgwick] writes with great confidence.”

“Engrossing, affecting, and enlightening...A grand, candid, and sensitive family memoir...unique in its perspective on American history.”

“A gift...The Sedgwick story engages us with the powers and insights of a great novel.”

“The combination of privilege and affliction is seductive.”

“This reading promises to be an excellent portrait, not just of madness, but of one of the major American families.”

“Sedgwick has a keen eye for detail...The finely honed prose glides along effortlessly.”

“The individual stories are fascinating…With a writer’s eye for detail, Sedgwick provides an unflinchingly honest chronicle of a...familial odyssey.”

“[Sedgwick] offers up a very personal look at his family history.”

“Astute.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060521677
ISBN-10: 0060521678
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 29th, 2008
Pages: 448
Language: English