caitlin garvey

Caitlin Garvey is a Chicago-based writer and English professor. She has an MFA from Northwestern University and an MA in English Literature from DePaul University. Her nonfiction has been nominated for multiple awards, including The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Post Road Magazine, The Tishman Review, Little Fiction: Big Truths, Matter Press, Ragazine, JuxtaProse, among others.

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The Mourning Report

978-1947003835 |  Trade paperback | List: $15.95

Two years after her mother’s death from breast cancer, Caitlin, then 20 years old, was admitted to a psychiatric facility after a suicide attempt. There, a therapist diagnosed her with major depression and anxiety, and she spent time as an inpatient. Years later, still suffering from grief and depression, Caitlin decided to embark on a “grief journey,” interviewing the people involved in her mother’s dying process: a hospice nurse, a priest, an estate planner, a hairstylist, and a funeral director. If she figured out how they could function after being so close to her mother’s death, then maybe she could learn how to navigate her own life. Each chapter of The Mourning Report is centered on each interview and the memories, anxieties, and reflections that it stimulated. It asks what it means to “move on.”


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praise for the mourning report

The Mourning Report blends memoir and reportage to examine how a daughter’s loss radiates. Caitlin Garvey’s dispatch on her own mourning, as well as that of friends and professionals who surrounded her mother’s death, is a beautifully written account of grief’s concentric circles.”
-Barrie Jean Borich, author of Apocalypse, Darling

“I cried more times than I can count while reading this book, but I also laughed and marveled at Garvey’s honesty. She has dared to tell the truth about grief, anxiety, and the seemingly impossible task of living on after loss. The Mourning Report is an unforgettable portrait of a mother and daughter, and something truly rare–a meditation on death that is filled with life.”
-Rachel Jamison Webster, author of Mary is a River

“Titled a report–sly and straightforward in its nomenclature–Garvey’s memoir is also a testimony. It attests to grief as a veil, and to the ravages of loss. At eighteen, Garvey lost her mother and subsequently herself. With candor and vulnerability, she writes to retrieve the Lost Child she’s become. The result is a book of heartrending tenderness.”
-Peggy Shinner, author of You Feel So Mortal

“At this time of crisis, we are all searching for meaning and substance. Garvey provides both in this lovely and incisive book.”
-S.L. Wisenberg, author of The Adventures of Cancer B*tch

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