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An Age of Madness

David Maine

Publication Year: 2012

Dr. Regina Moss has built herself a successful career as a psychiatrist in Boston: she enjoys a lucrative private practice, hefty consultation fees, and a reputation that inspires colleagues and patients alike. Why then, is Regina haunted by her past? Why does her own daughter barely speak to her? What’s the story with her gruff, softhearted husband Walter—and why can’t Regina stop thinking about the lanky new tech on the ward? An Age of Madness peels back the layers of Regina’s psyche in a voice that is brash, bitter, and blackly humorous, laying bare her vulnerabilities while drawing the reader unnervingly close to this memorable heroine. From the author of The Preservationist, which was hailed as “hilarious and illuminating” by The Los Angeles Times Book Review and “pithy and smart” by the New York Post, comes the latest turnabout in a career filled with unexpected surprises. An Age of Madness brings a sharp edge of psychological realism to a story filled with startling revelations and heartrending twists.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication

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Part 1. Lunacy

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pp. 1-88

Freud would say I’m a lousy mother. But then Freud would say lots of things. He’d declare me a textbook case, overbearing but emotionally distant, doomed to produce maladapted children. There’s even a name for women like me: schizophrogenic mothers. Of course, Freud invented names for all sorts of things whether they existed or not, ...

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Part 2. Hysteria

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pp. 89-182

There is the chronology to consider. Everything I said about my pregnancy with Anna was true. I really was in med school when it happened, et cetera. Except that Walter and I had already had a son, five years earlier, during my freshman year at BU. I dropped out then, stayed weeping with my parents ...

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Part 3. Bedlam

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pp. 183-287

I became a mess for a while, and so, perhaps, did Anna. But we pulled through, one way or another, the way people do. Time heals all wounds as the saying goes, along with, I don’t know, love and distraction and a little wine and a little medication. ...

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About the Author

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In addition to An Age of Madness, David Maine is the author of four novels: The Preservationist, Fallen, The Book of Samson, and Monster, 1959. His novels have been praised in such outlets as Time magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, People magazine, ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093088
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597092340
Print-ISBN-10: 1597092347

Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: First

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  • Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
  • Women psychiatrists -- Fiction.
  • Domestic fiction.
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