When thirty-five-year-old Sonja Wasden is involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital by her husband and father, she is sure it is a mistake. A mother of three, living in a beautiful suburb, Sonja’s life appears ideal. How did she get here?
In a gripping and breathtaking narrative that makes the reader feel as though they are listening in on a private conversation, Sonja tells the compelling real account of her struggle with marriage, motherhood and mental illness.
An Impossible Life is an unforgettable true story of perseverance when all hope seems lost. Intriguing and heartfelt, readers will laugh, cry, feel inspired, and won’t be able to put the book down.
“ There are certain stories that touch you – for me, this was one of them. It is raw, honest, and a beautiful story of hope and love. These words left a mark on my heart, and this story is one of my most sacred and special I’ve ever done. ”
— Dr. Tara Narula
CBS This Morning Correspondent
“ This is an elegantly written memoir that lays bare the progression of mental illness...Keenly observant, with sharp, natural dialogue throughout, the book also recognizes the impact that living with someone with mental health issues has on others...the power of this story is that it allows readers to enter the mind of an individual suffering from a mental health disorder and begin to understand her thoughts and actions. Illuminating, impactful writing about coping with mental illness. ”
— Kirkus Review
“ In this raw debut, Siddoway collaborates with her mother, Sonja, to shine a light on Sonja’s mental illness and the determination of the human spirit in the face of painful and daunting challenges... Sonja’s despairing yet hopeful story unveils the inner turmoil of mental illness and recovery. ”
— Publishers Weekly
“ I love true stories, particularly true stories about women who make it through difficulties in life. This one is the BEST I'VE EVER READ! Not one chapter bored me, not sentence made me want to just skip ahead, I had to read it all, I had to know everything. It didn't feel at all as though I was digging into someone's personal business that was none of mine. It was shared so freely and lovingly, it was shared without judgement, and thus received without judgement. It gave me hope. Thank you Sonja, I know this had to be difficult. Rachael...bravo! You are an excellent writer!! ”
— Amazon Customer
“ Wow. This was not what I thought. It was this beautiful balance of raw emotions and honesty without being preachy or sensationalist. She drew me in so deeply I could feel her logic and insanity as if it were logic. It brought me deep respect and understanding for all those who struggle. ”
— R. Read
“ Powerful, heartbreaking, inspiring and much more all wrapped into one! This was the fastest I’ve ever read, less than 12 hours to be exact (and that included a break for a few hours of sleeping and a couple of hours at church). While An Impossible Life is a real life drama, it’s so much more than that and a must read. ”
— Robin M.
“ This page-turning journey of illness, healing, and faith invites the reader into Sonja’s most private moments. The courageous and talented writing immediately pulls the reader into this vivid tale of love, dedication, and survival. ”
— Elizabeth B.
“ This book is beautifully written. The author tells an enthralling story; raw, honest, heartbreaking—but also hopeful. I loved reading it and it has stayed with me ever since I finished it. ”
“ Fantastic and searingly honest self portrait. Through another’s wrenching journey we can all be inspired, and this story will do it for you. ”
— Kathryn C.
“ So raw and open and intriguing. Thank you so much for this beautiful (and heart-wrenching) true story of your experience with mental illness. My eyes have been opened in a way they haven’t been before. I don’t give many books a five-star rating, but I had zero hesitation with this one. Couldn’t put it down. It’s a book where there’s an interesting story, yet the most amazing thing is that it’s true and that there are lessons for me all along the way. ”
“ Highly recommend this book! The writing is captivating. It was hard to put down. I'm proud of Sonja for opening herself up to share her story, she truly is Brave! The stories shared really paint a picture and let us into her private life. I imagine it was difficult to let it out, I am personally grateful she did. Amazing! Must read. ”
“ We all know someone or have a family member with some type of mental illness. Through the years, I've wanted to better understand the struggle (knowing that I never really could). This heart-wrenching and heart-warming book gave me a look into the life of mental illness and it's impact on a beautiful family as nothing else has ... and it changed me. Thanks to Sonja Wasden for being vulnerable, courageous, and real. ”
— Brooke M.
“ I’m a psych nurse, yet I learned so much from reading this book. Sonja’s perspective as a patient enlightened me. Immersing myself in the Wasden family’s painful, conflicted, courageous daily life broke my heart and heightened my awareness that mental illness impacts everyone regardless of race, socioeconomic status, religion...The amazing strength and unconditional love everyone in the “Wasden Tribe” shows is incredible. Thanks for exposing yourselves to help others understand and fight the mental illness stigma. ”
— John M.
“ This book is truly amazing. I couldn't put it down! It's a personal narrative that I found very relatable. Especially for today's day and age, it is needed to be said! I am thankful for it. Read it! You won't be sorry! ”
— Rebekah K.
“ This book is a powerful and enlightening glimpse into one woman’s personal struggle with mental illness. It truly opened my eyes. ”
— Adam H.
“ So grateful I read this book. It increased my compassion for those I know that suffer from mental illness, particularly bipolar. This book was brave. I am so impressed with the raw detail and amazed the authors took such a risk. This book will help so many. It has certainly given me new perspective. ”
— Leslie E.