THE BESTSELLING SOUTH KOREAN THERAPY MEMOIR
Born in 1990, Baek Sehee studied creative writing before working at a publishing house. For ten years, she received psychiatric treatment for dysthymia (persistent mild depression), which became the subject of I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki. Her favourite food is tteokbokki and she lives with her rescue dog Jaram.
An eye-opening view into a person's most vulnerable moments in a
I Want to Die... has been a huge bestseller in Korea and will strike a chord with anyone who feels that their public life is at odds with how they really feel inside. Baek Sehee transcribes the sessions with her psychiatrist as she uncovers the root causes of her anxiety and harmful behaviours, despite the perfect picture she presents to the world.
At once personal and universal, this book is about finding a path to awareness, understanding, and wisdom.
Candid … heartfelt … Sehee’s mission to normalize conversation about mental illness is an admirable one.
Sehee is honest and authentic throughout … [I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki] will resonate with young people who suffer from similar forms of depression and anxiety.
A testament to the gradual nature of therapy’s cumulative healing effects, I Want to Die should resonate with anyone who eagerly transcribes every nugget of advice they get.
Earnest … clever … [Baek Sehee] uses months of (real) transcripts from her therapy sessions to explore her own depression and anxiety, always tiptoeing toward something like self-awareness.
With candor and humor, Baek offers readers and herself resonant moments of empathy … [I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki] arrives in the U.S. sensitively English-enabled by favored translator Hur.