"The Yellow Wallpaper", written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1890, details the descent of a young woman into madness.
Her supportive, though misunderstanding, physician husband, John, believes it is in her best interests to go on a "rest cure" after the birth of their child. The family spends the summer at a colonial mansion that has, in the narrator's words, "something queer about it" and her depression/anxiety, (commonly diagnosed today as postpartum depression), spirals out of control as she fixates on the yellow wallpaper in their bedroom.
Gilman wrote this story in an effort to illustrate how a woman's lack of autonomy can be detrimental to her mental, emotional, and even physical wellbeing.
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This short was disturbing in the best way - in the way that a metaphor can crawl into your brain and stay there to unfold later. This story follows a woman who has recently given birth and is experiencing some postpartum depression. Unfortunately, her depression goes misidentified and she is forced into isolation where her mind deteriorates. It is an apt and sad look into the mind of someone experiencing mental illness and is experiencing it alone. Great listen.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Tad B.