Right before her 30th birthday, cartoonist Ellen Forney gets diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression. Adamant against using medications in fear of them interfering with her artistic ability to create, she endeavors to tackle life’s ups and downs on her own, unaware of the repercussions that could occur along the way.
Forney then takes inspiration from fellow artists like Sylvia Plath, Van Gogh, and Georgia O’Keeffe — all of whom had suffered from mood disorders — as well as researching deep into the mysteries of the mind in order to try to make sense of her own.
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I thought the memoir was honest and humorous. I found myself incredibly empathetic towards Forney in the later half of the book. Marbles is a wonderfully personal narrative into the depths of mental health disorders presented in stark black-and-white graphics.