Frieda's Song

Frieda's Song

by Ellen Prentiss Campbell
Frieda's Song

Frieda's Song

by Ellen Prentiss Campbell


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Frieda's Song, a novel, is inspired by renowned psychiatrist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. Fleeing Nazi Germany in 1935, she came to the Chestnut Lodge Sanatorium in Rockville, Maryland. Frieda worked there for the rest of her life, establishing the Lodge's reputation for innovative treatment of mental illness, dying in her custom-built cottage on the grounds under mysterious circumstances in 1957. Decades later, psychotherapist Eliza Kline and her teenage son Nick live in Frieda's Cottage, next door to the closed and abandoned hospital. As told by Frieda, Eliza, and Nick, the novel explores the tension between love and work, the strength and limits of relationship, and what healers must do to heal themselves. Frieda's Song is a tale of the way history and chance, and the work and people we love, shape our lives-and how the past is always present, haunting us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627203234
Publisher: Loyola College/Apprentice House
Publication date: 05/25/2021
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Ellen Prentiss Campbell's collection of stories Contents Under Pressure was nominated for the National Book Award. Her debut novel The Bowl with Gold Seams received the Indy Excellence Award for Historical Fiction. A second collection of stories Known By Heart was published in 2020. Her short fiction has been recognized by the Pushcart Press. Essays and reviews appear in journals including The Fiction Writers Review, where she is a contributing editor, and The Washington Independent Review of Books. Campbell has been a Fellow at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts several times. A graduate of The Bennington Writing Seminars and the Simmons School of Social Work, she practiced psychotherapy for many years. Campbell and her husband live in Washington, D.C. and Manns Choice, Pennsylvania. She is at work on another novel. Connect online at
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