I’d circled the subject of my family like a tiger chained to a pole, scratching at our history, wondering what had happened to my mom, and, as a result, to us.
Margaret Kimball’s And Now I Spill the Family Secrets is a beautifully illustrated graphic memoir that begins in the aftermath of a tragedy.
A probing, insightful, and ultimately beautiful work ~ Brian Castleberry, Director of the Hayes Writers Series and author of Nine Shiny Objects
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And Now I Spill the Family Secrets by Margaret Kimball
In 1988, when Kimball is only four years old, her mother attempts suicide on Mother’s Day—and this becomes one of many things Kimball’s family never speaks about. As she searches for answers nearly thirty years later, Kimball embarks on a thrilling visual journey into the secrets her family has kept for decades.
Using old diary entries, hospital records, home videos, and other archives, Margaret pieces together a narrative map of her childhood—her mother’s bipolar disorder, her grandmother’s institutionalization, and her brother’s increasing struggles—in an attempt to understand what no one likes to talk about: the fractures in her family.
Both a coming-of-age story about family dysfunction and a reflection on mental health, And Now I Spill the Family Secrets is funny, poignant, and deeply inspiring in its portrayal of what drives a family apart and what keeps them together.