Family Linen

Family Linen

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by Lee Smith
     
 

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When Sybill Hess drives over to the hypnotist’s office, she hopes he can cure her of the headaches interrupting her sleep the way her friend Betty once saw a woman on TV cure a woman’s stammer. But what Dr. Diamond uncovers from Sybill’s subconscious goes much deeper than her nervousness over a new tenant who seems to want a date. A shocking memory

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When Sybill Hess drives over to the hypnotist’s office, she hopes he can cure her of the headaches interrupting her sleep the way her friend Betty once saw a woman on TV cure a woman’s stammer. But what Dr. Diamond uncovers from Sybill’s subconscious goes much deeper than her nervousness over a new tenant who seems to want a date. A shocking memory from Sybill’s past threatens to upend everything she thinks she knows about herself and her family. But is it even real?
 

Editorial Reviews

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“A lively, warmhearted, wickedly perceptive and extremely funny book.”—Newsday

“Immensely difficult to put down.”—The Village Voice

“With great skill, humor, and understanding, Smith gradually reveals the Hess family linen for all to see.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A childhood memory relived through hypnosis, a funeral that brings about a family reunion, and the evacuation of a swimming pool on the site of an old well uncover a family secret in this darkly humorous novel…In the course of the story all the family’s dirty linen is aired and Smith provides a behind-the-scenes look at life in a small Southern town.”—The Christian Science Monitor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425270271
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
289,724
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“A lively, warmhearted, wickedly perceptive and extremely funny book.”—Newsday

“Immensely difficult to put down.”—The Village Voice

“With great skill, humor, and understanding, Smith gradually reveals the Hess family linen for all to see.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A childhood memory relived through hypnosis, a funeral that brings about a family reunion, and the evacuation of a swimming pool on the site of an old well uncover a family secret in this darkly humorous novel…In the course of the story all the family’s dirty linen is aired and Smith provides a behind-the-scenes look at life in a small Southern town.”—The Christian Science Monitor

Meet the Author

Lee Smith was born in Grundy, VA. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls, as well as many other novels and story collections.She is a winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

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Family Linen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An unusual and extremely interesting novel that twists and winds through the history and 'dirty linen,' of a family. Well written, and thought provoking.