VIRTUAL EVENT: Clare Beams // The Illness Lesson

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Wednesday, May 6th at 7:30 PM
Instagram Live Event with Clare Beams
Please join us live on our Instagram page @doylestownbookshop as author Clare Beams discusses her latest release, The Illness Lesson. You can watch Instagram live on your phone or tablet or on your home computer if you have the browser extension IG Stories for Instagram. Click HERE to download that extension.  

ABOUT THE BOOK

illness lesson
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.
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CLARE BEAMS is the author of the story collection We Show What We Have Learned, which won the Bard Prize and was a Kirkus Best Debut of 2016, as well as a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. With her husband and two daughters, she lives in Pittsburgh, where she teaches creative writing, most recently at Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

The Illness Lesson: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385544665
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - February 11th, 2020

We Show What We Have Learned & Other Stories Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781940596143
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lookout Books - October 25th, 2016


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