Published: Icon Books, 2015
My Rating: 5/5
‘The most terrifying battlegrounds are those that lie inside of us. The mind is the single most menacing threat to man in his entirety; if the mind decides to turn in on itself, gnaw away at itself, catabolise itself – that’s the end of a life.’ – p.260
Anyone who has ever suffered- or been close to someone who has – from an eating disorder will know how complex, complicated, and utterly heartbreaking it is. In THE TIME IN BETWEEN, Nancy Tucker describes how she became friends with ED, and how recovery has become a life-long process.
In just under 400 pages, Nancy Tucker works through her entire lifetime so far (it should be noted that at the publication of this memoir Nancy was just twenty-one). She explains her struggle with being an overweight young person with a passion for ‘thinness’. Furthermore, she explains how she discovered anorexia, then bulimia, and, eventually, recovery.
Tucker’s unbelievably beautiful prose contrasts with the ugliness of the subject matter; not unlike anorexia itself. As a sufferer, it feels as though this disease will make you “beautiful” or “perfect” – almost to the point of ignoring the disturbing unseen side effects. Her innate ability to properly portray what the inside of a sufferer’s mind looks like is terrifyingly accurate, therefore, creating a book that could be assumed required reading for those wanting to better understand the what, when, why, how, etc., of anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
THE TIME IN BETWEEN is exactly what it says on the cover: ‘A Memoir of Hunger and Hope’. Tucker starts the book off by explaining how difficult it was to write this memoir and make sure it didn’t turn into a “how-to” guide to ED – a mistake made all too often. However, as the memoir starts the reader can already see the major accident prevented by Tucker – numbers. With the exception of time, Tucker does not and will not tell you how much, how many, or – possibly the most important – how little.
Overall, a resounding recommend from Leather-Bound, but be aware of the obvious trigger warnings for self-harm, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, etc. – I was not triggered, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be.