Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood by Jennifer Traig, published in 2004, is a memoir about the author’s experience of living with obsessive-compulsive disorder and anorexia. It is set mainly in California in the 1980s. Traig describes the impact of her mental health conditions on her and her family. She begins by explaining the nature of scrupulosity (the specific variant of her obsessive-compulsive disorder) and its relation, for her, with Orthodox Judaism. As such, there is also a lot of information about this religion within the book, such as information about prayer guidelines and eating practices.
An interesting summary of this book would include information about the subject matter and how it relates to the author's style and techniques. The author describes her life from preschool to college, and the style is anecdotal and not clearly structured. The tone is often flippant and humorous. Along the way, as the reader learns personal details about the author’s life, there are numerous references to popular culture of the 1980s and 1990s, which help frame the story within its social context and provide a familiar setting for many readers.