About FINAL GIRL:
From the INDIE-Gold-award-winning author of Sexism Ed comes a “haunting, mesmerizing, and darkly funny” memoir about mental illness, poverty, and inner strength.
When Kelly J. Baker was two years old, her mother fled Baker’s abusive father. A custody arrangement left Baker behind, the new target of his violence. But against all odds, she escaped from the trailer park to college and graduate school. But the pain of her childhood remained, buried deep.
Final Girl is the story of Baker’s journey from poverty to Ph.D., from trauma to therapy, with all of the bumps along the way. Whether talking about parenthood, finding a therapist, moving back home to her small town, or wrestling with the algae in an old swimming pool, Final Girl reckons with what it takes to build a home in a place where you never thought you’d find home again.
If you enjoyed Tara Westover’s Educated and Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, you will love Final Girl.
“A haunting, mesmerizing, and darkly funny book.” -Katie Rose Guest Pryal, IPPY-Gold-winning author of Life of the Mind Interrupted
Praise for FINAL GIRL:
“A searing and intense reckoning with anger, family trauma, and loss.” -Kecia Ali, author of Human in Death
“Baker gives us invaluable new ways to talk about what it means to live with a mental health diagnosis.” -Kaya Oakes, author of The Nones Are Alright and Radical Reinvention
“A haunting, mesmerizing, and darkly funny book.” -Katie Rose Guest Pryal, IPPY-Gold-winning author of Life of the Mind Interrupted and Even If You’re Broken
- Author: Kelly J. Baker
- Title: Final Girl: And Other Essays on Grief, Trauma, and Mental Illness
- Publication Date: November 2020
- Page Count: 228 (paper)
- ISBN 978-1-947834-51-4 (Pbk.); ISBN 978-1-947834-52-1 (Ebook)
- Distributed by Ingram