Upon finding a canister full of her infant brother’s bones in a crematorium in upstate New York, Jenn sets out on a quest to uncover what happened to her family and why, along the way examining the complicated effect this had on her life. The House of My Sleepless Nights reflects upon what it was like to emerge from the terrors of a childhood spent in the shadow of someone with Borderline Personality Disorder, a confusing and still misunderstood mental illness. After not seeing her mother for over 25 years, the book culminates in a visit to the woman who controlled her childhood. What she discovers ultimately changes the shape of her own life, along the way rediscovering her childhood passion for birdlife and conservation.
Borderline Personality Disorder, while less well known than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, is more common. It affects 1 to 3% of the population, and it’s likely that everyone knows, works with, is related to, or comes in contact with someone with BPD. House of My Sleepless Nights is one of the few literary non-fiction books written by the child of someone with Borderline Personality Disorder.