"I think secretly each and every one of us longs to fall, and knows in a deep wise place in our brains that surrender is the means by which we gain, not lose, our lives. ... We want to go down, and it hurts to fight the force of gravity."
Slater describes her memoir by its title. She has chosen metaphor over history, fiction over fact, as the only way to arrive at a narrative that describes her experience with mental illness.
In the quote above, we could easily substitute "letting go" with falling or surrendering. And, what, after all, is madness but an ultimate release of the self from reality.