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Setting the Wire is a memoir of postpartum psychosis and a meditation on containment: what we hold and what holds us together. A lyric exploration of motherhood, mental illness, and familial ties, Sarah Townsend’s debut work weaves together personal anecdote, film, music, visual art, and psychology.

Setting the Wire is a visceral reflection on the experience of fragmentation as a young psychotherapist and new mother. 

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Register now for the third of a three-part memoir series Sarah is teaching for the University of Washington Certificate in Writing Program, Memoir Writing: Writing Your Story beginning March 31.

Each course can be taken individually.

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Click to listen to Sarah's interview with writer/musician Cameron Dezen Hammon.

"Taut, lyrical, wise writing.”

– Claire Dederer, author of Love and Trouble 


"Townsend drops us masterfully into a state of mind almost over the edge but never completely."

– Theo Pauline Nestor, author of Writing Is My Drink 


“This memoir has . . . water and earth. Body and mind. Something like ‘a shard’ between.”

– Bhanu Kapil

Order your copy of Setting the Wire here.

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