The Unravelling

By Clem Martini & Olivier Martini

The Unravelling
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A memoir, told through illustrations and text, of one family's journey through mental illness, dementia, caregiving, and the health care system.

Olivier Martini and his mother, Catherine, have lived together since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia thirty-six years ago. It ... Read more


Overview

A memoir, told through illustrations and text, of one family's journey through mental illness, dementia, caregiving, and the health care system.

Olivier Martini and his mother, Catherine, have lived together since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia thirty-six years ago. It hasn't always been a perfect living situation, but it's worked ? Catherine has been able to help Olivier through the ups and downs of living with a mental illness, and Olivier has been able to care for his aging mother as her mobility becomes limited, and Olivier's brothers Clem and Nic have been able to provide support to both as well. But then Olivier experiences a health crisis at the exact same time that his mother starts slipping into dementia.

The Martini family's lifelong struggle with mental illness is suddenly complicated immeasurably as they begin to navigate the convoluted world of assisted living and long-term care. With anger, dry humour, and hope, The Unravelling tells the story of one family's journey with mental illness, dementia, and caregiving, through a poignant graphic narrative from Olivier accompanied by text from his brother, award-winning playwright and novelist Clem Martini.

Clem Martini

Clem Martini has produced more than thirty plays, and has published nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Calgary Book Award-winning Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness. He has volunteered for and worked with a number of writing related organizations including: The Writers Guild of Canada, Alberta Playwrights Network, Access Copyright, and the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs. Additionally, Martini sits as a committee member on the Senate Commission for Mental Health. He is currently Head of the Drama Department at the University of Calgary. He lives in Calgary with his wife Cheryl.

Reviews

Praise for Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness

"[A] poignant, heart-wrenching and at times infuriating story about the Martini family's 30-year battles with schizophrenia and the mental health-care system. " ? Calgary Herald

"Much is lost because of mental illness. With books like Bitter Medicine, much is gained. " ? The Coast

"The inclusion of Olivier's drawings offers an illuminating presence often missing from mental health discussions. They make Olivier's story heartbreakingly real, lending credence to Clem's shattering facts about mental health. The format also makes light reading of heavy issues, and imparts a page-turning interest to deliver the importance of them. " ? Telegraph-Journal

Praise for Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness

"[A] poignant, heart-wrenching and at times infuriating story about the Martini family's 30-year battles with schizophrenia and the mental health-care system. " - Calgary Herald

"Much is lost because of mental illness. With books like Bitter Medicine, much is gained. " - The Coast

"The inclusion of Olivier's drawings offers an illuminating presence often missing from mental health discussions. They make Olivier's story heartbreakingly real, lending credence to Clem's shattering facts about mental health. The format also makes light reading of heavy issues, and imparts a page-turning interest to deliver the importance of them. " - Telegraph-Journal

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