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98 Reasons For Being Hardcover – Jul 21 2005

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking USA (July 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067003424X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670034246
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,036,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After the success of her stunning One Day the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead (2004), Dudman turns her interest in biographical fiction to progressive nineteenth-century psychiatrist Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann, longtime superintendent of a Frankfurt insane asylum who is best remembered today as the author of Struwwelpeter, a set of cautionary tales for children published 160 years ago. In 1852, as he treats Hannah Meyer, a young Jewish woman diagnosed with nymphomania, Dr. Hoffmann uses methods from electrodes to leeches. When these methods fail, he persists (particularly because Hannah has captured his interest) by talking, revealing his own personal and professional problems and gradually uncovering Hannah's secrets and the story of the man she loves, as revealed in her mesmerizing italicized interior monologue. While Hoffmann and Hannah are primary, all of the patients and staff at the asylum are exceptionally well drawn, and through them Dudman explores the nature of madness, prejudice, and love; and at the end of some chapters, she adds pertinent tales from Struwwelpeter. A beautifully written, emotionally powerful biographical novel. Michele Leber
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