Format: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Overlook Press
Published: 3rd November 2015
Pages: 192 Pages
The acclaimed author of I Smile Back, Amy Koppelman is a novelist of astonishing power, with a sly, dark voice, at once fearless and poetic.
In Koppelman’s new novel, Dr. Susanna Seliger is a renowned psychiatrist who specializes in treatment-resistant depression. The most difficult cases come through her door, and Susa is always ready to discuss treatment options, medication, and symptom management but draws the line at engaging with feelings. A strict adherence to protocol keeps her from falling apart.
But her past is made present by one patient, Jim, whose struggles tear open Susa’s hastily stitched up wounds, revealing her latent feeling that she could have helped the people closest to her, especially her adored, cool, talented graffiti-artist brother.
Susanna is a well-known psychiatrist and helps patients with their mental health issues. However, the more you learn about Susanna, the more you realise she is suffering with her own issues, too. Depression and the loss of her brother disrupt her life and she constantly questions scenarios in her mind. She does well to juggle her job and home life.
I know it’s a very difficult topic to consider, but I always find it interesting to read about depression and how the mind works. The world is rife with mental health issues and for some people it takes over their day-to-day lives. I’m glad that nowadays people are more aware, but the stigma is definitely still attached. I felt empathy for Susanna because I never want people to feel sad, it’s just not in my nature. I have never experienced loss in my life and everytime I read about it, my heart aches – life can be cruel sometimes.
Hesitation Wounds was incredibly heart warming and a great insight into the world of mental health.