Janet Frame: An Autobiography is actually a collection of three memoirs, To the Is-land, An Angel at My Table, and The Envoy from Mirror City. And full disclosure: I didn’t happen upon Frame’s work at a bookstore. I saw the Jane Campion film named for her middle memoir, An Angel at My Table. Jane Campion wasn’t that well known yet either so how in the world did I happen upon that film? Well Roger Ebert said that I should go (officially he just raved about it to the general public, but I took his film reviews personally). See, all roads lead to Ebert this week.
Frame went on to write many books of poetry, stories, and novels. She also found a therapist who correctly diagnosed her with depression and successfully treated her sans poking around her damn brain. She dedicated many books to him, and rightfully so.