Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness

Paperback | May 5, 2012

byJan Wong

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Out of the Blue is the surreal, wrenching, sometimes hilarious, and ultimately triumphant story of one woman's struggle to come to terms with depression.

At the height of her career in journalism, Jan Wong's world came crashing down. A story she wrote on a school shooting sparked a violent backlash, including death threats. Her newspaper failed to stand by her, and for the first time in her life she spiraled into clinical depression. She found herself unable to write, but the paper's management thought she was feigning illness, and fired her. Her insurer rejected her claim of depression, and her publisher refused to publish this book.

Out of the Blue is a memoir unlike any other. It is the surreal, wrenching, sometimes hilarious, and ultimately triumphant story of one woman's struggle to come to terms with depression.

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Out of the Blue is the surreal, wrenching, sometimes hilarious, and ultimately triumphant story of one woman's struggle to come to terms with depression. At the height of her career in journalism, Jan Wong's world came crashing down. A story she wrote on a school shooting sparked a violent backlash, including death threats. Her newspap...

Jan Wong is a journalist and professor. Her other non-fiction books are Red China Blues, Jan Wong's China, Lunch With Jan Wong, and Beijing Confidential. Jan divides her time between Toronto and Fredericton.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:May 5, 2012Publisher:Jan WongLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0987868500

ISBN - 13:9780987868503

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Out of the Blue Startingly accurate tale of corporate bullying, coverups, and intimdation tactics that occur within North American legal and insurance systems. Unfortnately opposite to what patients require, exacerbating illness. Great read, espcially for anyone caught wihin the system themselves. Truth releases fear.
Date published: 2015-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive Very truthful. Thank you for giving it a voice
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great educational read! “Out of the Blue” is truly an inspiring and intelligently written book that I read in short order. The author gives us a real insight into what depression entails, interspersed with humour and self-deprecation. The outrage of the pure laine in Quebec following her provocative article in the Globe & Mail reminds one of rioters offended by perceived insults to their prophet. Obviously uncivilized behaviour is a component of our society too. How the Globe & Mail and Manulife authorities can be so cruel and uncaring is eye-opening. This quote from the book sums it up, “If leaders have power, they abuse you”. Jan Wong is simply fascinating.
Date published: 2012-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of pain, inspiration, and, yes, humour This book is many things: it's achingly personal, it's bitterly funny, it's factual, it's painful, it's enlightening. Jan Wong has turned her journalistic lens on her own breakdown and given us a fast-flowing, vivid account that will make the reader wince, weep, and smile, often all on the same page. For all of us who noticed her absence from the Globe, and wondered where she'd gone, this book is the answer. For all of us whose lives have been touched by depression and who have wondered, "Is there life after this diagnosis?", this book is the answer, again.
Date published: 2012-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful and Moving Out of the Blue was hard to put down from start to finish. A raw and very personal account of Ms Wong's fall into a deep depression and eventual recovery. From being on top of the world one minute, to feeling worthless almost over night - the book covers the struggles with her employer, the Globe & Mail, and insurance company, to have them acknowledge her illness. The story is very descriptive and funny at times, and one gains a greater understanding of workplace depression, and how widespread it is.
Date published: 2012-05-02

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Editorial Reviews

Wong may have travelled al long road, but Out of the Blue signals her courageous return.

- Quill & Quire magazine