One Green Bottle

Debrah Anne Nixon

Published by African Books Collective, 2013
ISBN 10: 1920590064 / ISBN 13: 9781920590062
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Synopsis: A nameless, fatiguing unease is eroding Jennifer Hartley's seemingly idyllic life on a KwaZulu-Natal farm, one that her deep love for the land and her family cannot stem. She falters - socially, romantically, functionally - into an undefined isolation that those around her cannot understand. Until, one lazy Saturday afternoon, a swarm of bees attacks her and her children, precipitating her first panic attack. Other panic attacks are quick to follow, rupturing her exhaustion first with paranoia, then with terrifying hallucinations. Assaulted by symptoms she cannot control and admitted to a state psychiatric facility, Jennifer slides into a world turned inside out. One Green Bottle is an uncompromising account of one woman's experience of mental illness, its stigma, and the healthcare professionals whom the mentally ill entrust with the tightrope walk of their diagnosis and recovery. Above all, it is a story of resilience, of the quiet hope and renewal that the unlikeliest bonds can nurture.

About the Author: I, Debrah Anne Nixon, was born in Bulawayo in 1965. My childhood was an itinerant one, shifting from house to house. The wayfarer in me thus established, I job-hopped my way around southern Africa, working in curio outlets, art galleries, game lodges, trading stores and doctor’s rooms. By the age of 40, I was into my third marriage where I remain happily. I produced five children in my first two marriages. All of them, I am delighted and relieved to say, are well-adjusted young people, despite weathering my admissions to psychiatric institutions. Since 1995 I have lived in eShowe in KwaZulu-Natal where I cultivate creative outlets to sooth my restlessness. In writing and painting my imagination gets to adventure away from studio and writing desk. I explore through reminiscence and dream, potential subject matter for my arts. Besides painting, writing, reading and watching whodunits, I also love gardening, bird-watching, swimming at night, dancing in circles and drinking too much wine. My greatest loves, of course, are my husband, our children, grandchildren and those who are still my friends. My cherished hates are cigarette smoke, the telephone and reduced libido thanks to certain medications.

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Title: One Green Bottle
Publisher: African Books Collective
Publication Date: 2013
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Good

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