So why did you marry Dad?’ my daughter asked. ‘Well, over time I got to know him and he made me laugh, and . . . and I knew deep down that, that . . . even though we were really different . . . he was a good person.’
Without skipping a beat, she said, ‘He’s not that good, he’s in jail!’
After fourteen years of marriage Mel Jacob’s life looked as perfect as the roses perched above her white picket fence. The nice house in the suburbs, two great kids, a good husband. Until …
Her life took an unexpected detour when her seemingly saintly husband was jailed for two years. In Sickness, in Health … and in Jail follows Mel’s funny, moving and insightful journey as she navigates single parenthood, prison visitations and nosey neighbours. Mel’s revealing account is the story of the family left behind. It chronicles the grief, the stigma and the conversational minefields of her husband’s whereabouts, as well as the logistical problems of making a baby sibling for her two children, and why it’s not appropriate to tell people that Daddy’s in jail. In Sickness, in Health . . . and in Jail is a funny and touching account of grief and love and forgiveness.
Mel Jacob's work has appeared in the following publications; The Good Weekend, Sunday Life, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Brisbane Times, Kidspot, and performed on Radio National, The MCA and The Australian Museum. Her manuscript The Mothers' Group was shortlisted for the Harper Collins manuscript award and her short film, Mischief a finalist for the Riverina Short Festival (Comedy). She lives in the Blue Mountains with her husband and two kids. This is her debut book. Learn more about her at www.meljacob.com.au
Even though the memoir obviously involves the prison experience, the universal themes of having your life derailed, and making mistakes and having to pull yourself out of a situation are what holds the narrative together