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Storm At The Door - A Novel

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Stefan Merrill Block (veja mais livros deste autor)
RANDOM HOUSE (USA)(veja mais livros desta editora)

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The past is not past for Katharine Merrill. Even after two decades of volatile marriage, Katharine still believes she can have the life that she felt promised to her by those first exhilarating days with her husband, Frederick. For two months, just b efore Frederick left to fight in World War II, Katharine received his total attentiveness, his limitless charms, his astonishing range of intellect and wit. Over the years, however, as Frederick s behavior and moods have darkened, Katharine has cove r ed for him, trying to rein in his great manic passions and bridge his deep wells of sadness: an unending project of keeping up appearances and hoping for the best. But the project is failing. Increasingly, Frederick s erratic behavior, amplified by a lcohol, distresses Katharine and their four daughters and gives his friends and family cause to worry for his sanity. When, in the summer of 1962, a cocktail party ends with her husband in handcuffs, Katharine makes a fateful decision: She commits Fr ederick to Mayflower Home, America s most revered mental asylum.There, on the grounds of the opulent hospital populated by great poets, intellectuals, and madmen, Frederick tries to transform his incarceration into a creative exercise, to take ea ch m eaningless passing moment and find the art within it. But as he lies on his room s single mattress, Frederick wonders how he ever managed to be all that he once was: a father, a husband, a business executive. Under the faltering guidance of a se lf-ob sessed psychiatrist, Frederick and his fellow patients must try to navigate their way through a gray zone of depression, addiction, and insanity.Meanwhile, as she struggles to raise four young daughters, Katharine tries to find her way back to Freder ick through her own ambiguities, delusions, and the damages done by her rose-colored belief in a life she no longer lives. Inspired by elements of the lives of the author s grandparents, this haunting love story shifts through time and reaches across

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