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Monday, April 4, 2011

Your Voice in My Head: A Memoir - Emma Forrest




Released May 2011

www.emmaforrest.com
www.otherpress.com

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

I dove into Your Voice in My Head knowing very little about the author. Emma Forrest is a British journalist and screenwriter who moved from England to New York City in her early 20s. In the city, she delved into cutting, depression, and eventually a suicide attempt. Her saving grace was a kindly psychiatrist who wanted to see Emma find happiness and overcome her negative perceptions of herself.

Along the way, Emma falls for a man she refers to as GH (Gypsy Husband). She never reveals him by name, but the reader is made aware that he is an actor, a popular actor that most everyone will know. Quite simply, not knowing who she had the affair with drove me crazy. I had to go online to see if I could find his name, and I did. Now that I know who he is, I plan to re-read the memoir because it puts a different spin on things.

Personally, I'm not big into Hollywood tabloid - break up information - so I never read any of the details that are covered in this book. Therefore, the revelation I came across was surprising. I read numerous articles to see what the general spin was and it looks like the author tells it as it was. Her heart, clearly broken, didn't become bitter, disillusioned sure, but I never got real bitterness from her writing. It definitely changes my opinion of said actor. Kudos to the author for not reverting to name calling.

I'm not going to reveal who the actor is. Readers, if they want to know before purchasing this book, can look it up. I do feel that his fans will look at him through a different perspective.

I hope Emma Forrest is finding the help she needs. Everyone has the right man out there, and in this case, the author simply hasn't found him yet, and I really hope she does.

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