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A Private Sorcery

Lisa Gornick

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ISBN 10: 1565123417 / ISBN 13: 9781565123410
Published by Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: A Private Sorcery

Publisher: Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author on the Title

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

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Saul Dubinsky, a sensitive, shy psychiatrist, was living a dual life. Following the attempted suicide of one of his patients, the dedicated young doctor turned to drugs. When he's arrested on criminal charges, his wife and his father are left to figure out how things went so wrong and why they were blind to the pain of the man they both love.

Saul's emotionally remote wife, Rena, confronts the failures of their marriage and, for the first time, faces her shame about her fatherless, hardscrabble past. Saul's father, Leonard, who'd long ago given up practicing psychiatry, blames himself for his son's breakdown. He finds that he can no longer escape the memory of the troubled patient who changed the course of his own career nor deny his complicity in his wife's illness. As Rena and Leonard each grapple with the impact of Saul's arrest, they are drawn closer together-and a delicate transformation begins to occur in each of them.

This is an immensely satisfying and ultimately triumphant story abouat the precarious balance within a family and about the unconscious ways in which we affect the lives of those we love most. Full of wisdom and insight, A PRIVATE SORCERY marks the debut of a talented writer.

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"A Private Sorcery is a deep, powerful, exciting story that casts a spell on the reader from the opening pages. I was riveted and entranced--and something even more than that: thrilled to be in the presence of an important and authentic new voice." (Dani Shapiro, author of Slow Motion)

"A Private Sorcery is a wonderfully honest book, deeply-felt, with characters carved from the true stuff of what we are. A first-rate novel, all the more surprising since it is Gornick's debut." (Colum McCann, author of This Side of Brightnes)

"An astonishingly good novel and completely compelling. A Private Sorcery is superbly written and sparkles with intelligence and subtlety. I can't remember a first novel in the last ten years that has impressed me as much as this." (Charles Palliser, author of The Unburied)

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