This Is Not a Pity Memoir

Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. Jun. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9780358682950. $27.99. MEMOIR
Morgan, screenwriter of Suffragette and The Iron Lady, has written a raw memoir about fragility, resilience, anguish, and hope. When her partner, actor Jacob Krichefski, complains one morning of not feeling well, little does she realize that they are embarking upon a long journey of illness and recovery. Krichefski had recently stopped taking a drug for his Multiple Sclerosis. Returning home to find him incapacitated on the bathroom floor, the family begins a year-long journey through hospitals, consultants, and medical teams. Supported by an extended network of family and friends, Morgan continues to work and hold her family’s life together. Eventually diagnosed with Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis, Jacob begins his long recovery but then develops Capgras syndrome, which causes him to recognize everyone—except Morgan. He believes her to be an imposter and remains convinced that she is not whom she says she is. Then, as if this was not enough, Morgan discovers that she is quite unwell herself, and urgently needs treatment.
VERDICT A powerful, fragmented journey through brain injury. This book will especially appeal to Morgan’s fans, and to those who have experienced similar journeys.
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