From Victoria Secunda, author of When Madness Comes Home:
"This is the most thoughtful, well-researched and deeply moving book I have ever read on the effect upon daughters of mentally ill mothers. Susan Nathiel has an uncommon understanding of the degree to which a mothers emotional absence, unpredictability, or frightening behavior can permanently shape a daughters world view. Written with extraordinary gracefulness and balance, Daughters of Madness will be of immeasurable comfort to families of the mentally ill.
From Joan Hedrick, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life :
"This book will do an immense service for families with mentally ill parents. Beautifully organized and framed by Nathiels compassionate analysis and guidance for change, these compelling stories of daughters whose childhood sense of self was disrupted by the mental illness of their mothers makes it clear how mental illness is a family disease. The daughters struggles are moving, painful and yet ultimately hopeful. This book will go a long way toward changing our attitudes toward mental illness in women with children."
From PsycCRITIQUES - September 12, 2007:
[T]here has been little written about the experience of growing up with a parent living with a mental illness....Psychotherapist Susan Nathiel's new book, Daughters of Madness: Growing Up and Older With a Mentally Ill Mother makes an important contribution to the literature by providing a qualitative description of the experiences of 18 women growing up with a mother living with mental illness....Nathiel skillfully draws from her 35 years of clinical experience in working with families in describing psychological patterns clearly and vividly. This book would be helpful for all mental health professionals and trainees to further their understanding of this experience....Daughters of Madness provides a unique, insightful, and poignant look into the challenges common to life with a parent with a mental illness. The well-organized text makes an important contribution to the literature, and the qualitative approach yields rich findings.