You Remind Me Of You: A Poetry Memoir

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A startling, remarkable poetry memoir of love and pain, hurt and recovery.

For three years, Eireann Corrigan was in and out of treatment facilities for her eating disorders. By the time she graduated high school, her doctors said she was going to die if things didn't change. That July, her high school boyfriend attempted suicide. In one gunshot moment, everything was altered.
In a striking and vivid voice, Eireann Corrigan recounts these events, finding meaning in the hurt, humor in the horror, and grace in the struggle that life demands. You Remind Me of You is a testament to the binding ties of love and pain, and the strange paths we take to recovery.

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Struggling for years with eating disorders, in and out of treatment facilities, Eireann Corrigan is teetering on the brink of no return when her high school boyfriend attempts suicide. Suddenly, Eireann is on the other side of the high-railed hospital bed, and on an entirely unexpected path to recovery herself. In this witty, smart, and heart-rending poetry memoir, author Eireann Corrigan takes a breathtakingly honest look at herself as she wends her way through profoundly difficult times. Her complicated relationship with her sweetheart is captured in the second-person prosaic verses scattered throughout, as well as in the interviews, presumably with a therapist, that fill in many of the blanks left by the sometimes cryptic first-person narrative. We are invited inside Eireann's head to try with her to understand the bewildering chain of events and emotions that led to such chapter heads as "She Tries Out for Varsity Recklessness and Only Makes JV," and "She Never Claimed Reliable Narrator Status," and "Eventually, They Had a Sex Life." (Ages 14 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Eireann Corrigan is the author of the poetry memoir You Remind Me of You, and the novels Splintering, Ordinary Ghosts, and Accomplice, which Publishers Weekly called "haunting and provocative" in a starred review. She lives in New Jersey.

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