A Room with a Darker View

A Room with a Darker View

Chronicles of My Mother and Schizophrenia

by Claire Phillips

Published by: DoppelHouse Press

272 Pages, 5.20 x 8.00 in, Photograph of the author and her mother

  • Paperback
  • 9781733957908
  • Published: August 2020


A daughter breaks the family silence about her mother’s schizophrenia, reframing hospitalizations, paranoia, illness, and caregiving through a feminist lens.

Claire Phillips’ elegantly written and unflinching memoir about her mother, an Oxford-trained lawyer diagnosed in mid-life with paranoid schizophrenia, challenges current conceptions about mental illness, relapse and recovery, as well as difficulties caring for an aging parent with a chronic disease. Told in fragments, the work also becomes a startling reflection on mother-daughter relationships during the evolution of 20th-century feminism.

Only with her mother’s final relapse at age 73 did the author begin to tell this story, first in Black Clock magazine, an essay for which she received a Pushcart nomination and notable mention in The Best American Essays 2015.