The Story of My Postpartum Depression
In this intimate and moving graphic memoir, Teresa Wong writes and illustrates the story of her struggle with postpartum depression in the form of a letter to her daughter Scarlet. Equal parts heartbreaking and funny, Dear Scarlet perfectly captures the quiet desperation of those suffering from PPD and the profound feelings of inadequacy and loss. As Teresa grapples with her fears and anxieties and grasps at potential remedies, coping mechanisms, and her mother's Chinese elixirs, we come to understand one woman's battle against the cruel dynamics of postpartum depression.
Dear Scarlet is a poignant and deeply personal journey through the complexities of new motherhood, offering hope to those affected by PPD, as well as reassurance that they are not alone.
In a society where women's stories of childbirth and early motherhood are expected to be either fairy tales or else not told at all, Dear Scarlet is an act of bravery. I am so grateful that Teresa Wong has chosen to share this sensitive, charming and honest work with us. --Sarah Glidden, author of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less and Rolling Blackouts
This book is so important -- it's like a friend reaching through the darkness and telling your own story back to you. It’s universal and heartbreaking and so, so reassuring. Moms are so strong. --Lucy Knisley, author of Kid Gloves
Teresa Wong's spare, lovely exploration of postpartum depression will resonate with anyone who’s ever had a baby, whether they suffered from PPD or not -- and for that matter, anyone who’s ever had depression, regardless of whether they've had a baby or not. It's compassionate and direct in all the right ways, and most importantly, locates the thread of joy that runs through a life -- even if, in our most despairing hours or days or weeks, it seems as though it's been lost to us forever. --Emily Flake, author of Mama Tried