While You Were Out: An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence

Monday, October 30, 2023
7:00 pm


A searing memoir of a family besieged by mental illness, as well as an incisive exploration of the systems that failed them and a testament to the love that sustained them. While You Were Out begins as the personal story of one family’s struggles then opens outward, as Meg Kissinger details how childhood tragedy catalyzed a journalism career focused on exposing our country’s flawed mental health care. Combining the intimacy of memoir with the rigor of investigative reporting, the book explores the consequences of shame, the havoc of botched public policy, and the hope offered by new mental health treatment strategies. Powerful, candid and filled with surprising humor, this is the story of one family’s love and resilience in face of great loss.

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