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The illness lesson : a novel, Clare Beams

Label
The illness lesson : a novel
Title
The illness lesson
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Clare Beams
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sarah Waters meets Red Clocks in this searing novel, set at an all-girl school in 19th century Massachusetts, which probes the timeless question: who gets to control a woman's body and why. The year is 1871. In Ashwell, Massachusetts, at the farm of Samuel Hood and his daughter, Caroline, a mysterious flock of red birds descends. Samuel, whose fame as a philosopher has waned in recent years, takes the birds' appearance as an omen that the time is ripe for his newest venture. He will start a school for young women, guiding their intellectual development as he has so carefully guided his daughter's. Despite Caroline's misgivings, Samuel's vision -- revolutionary, as always; noble, as always; full of holes, as always -- takes shape. It's not long before the students begin to manifest bizarre symptoms. Rashes, fits, headaches, verbal tics, night wanderings. In desperation, the school turns to the ministering of a sinister physician -- based on a real historic treatment -- just as Caroline's body, too, begins its betrayal. As the girls' conditions worsens, long-buried secrets emerge, and Caroline must confront the all-male, all-knowing authorities around her, the ones who insist the voices of the sufferers are unreliable. In order to save herself, Caroline may have to destroy everything she's ever known. Written in intensely vivid prose and brimming with psychological insight, The Illness Lesson is a powerful exploration of women's bodies, women's minds, and the time-honored tradition of doubting both
Summary
Interpreting a mysterious flock of red birds as an omen to pursue his newest venture, a once-famous philosopher opens a revolutionary school to shape the intellectual development of women, before his students’ bizarre symptoms reveal otherworldly secrets
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10843124
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Beams, Clare
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Fathers and daughters
  • Girls' schools
  • Women
  • Schoolgirls
  • New England
Target audience
adult
Label
The illness lesson : a novel, Clare Beams
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066522340
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780857526328
Lccn
2019014152
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1091293260
Label
The illness lesson : a novel, Clare Beams
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066522340
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780857526328
Lccn
2019014152
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1091293260

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