Coming Full Circle



Emily Fox Gordon will speak at the Austen Riggs Center on September 30, 2016.In describing her thoughts about speaking at Alumni Reunion 2016, fifty years after being at Riggs as a patient, author Emily Fox Gordon says, “It’s sort of a thrill, like coming full circle.”

She is the author of four books, Mockingbird Years: A Life In and Out of Therapy, Are You Happy? A Childhood Remembered, It Will Come To Me - which is her first novel - and the newly published Book of Days:  Personal Essays. Her work has appeared in such journals as Boulevard, Salmagundi, The American Scholar and the Southwest Review. She has received two Pushcart Prizes and her memoir Mockingbird Years was a New York TimesNotable Book. She was named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.

When Emily came to Riggs, she describes herself as having “no hopes for the future” and being in limbo, in stark contrast to her life today. For those who may not have read Mockingbird Years: A Life In and Out of Therapy, she describes it as “a memoir through the lens of psychotherapy,” and her mixed feelings about her experience of therapy and of Riggs. In the 16 years since she wrote the memoir, Emily has come to see how therapy provided a model for introspective writing. 

She has not been back to Riggs since the 1960s, when she came at the age of 18. She is curious about what may have changed, or stayed the same. Emily’s talk on Friday September 30th at 5:00 p.m. will feature selected readings and reflections, as well as an interview and discussion with Dr. Andrew J. Gerber, medical director/CEO. She is also looking forward to meeting other alumni and having the opportunity for discussion. 

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