A Kingdom Of Madness

A Kingdom Of Madness

by Linda Levy


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A highly respected Philadelphia doctor's act of personal greed and folly leads to the near destruction of his four children. When his first born, Spec Davis, seeks answers from the father who abandoned him at the age of six, he discovers a bizarre scene of squalor and dysfunction. Living in his truck, he escapes into an alcoholic decline, when a peculiar stroke of fate gives him a second chance. A stunning first novel of love and redemption.

"A Kingdom of Madness is a dark and haunting family drama, a complex tapestry that is absorbing and intriguing from its opening pages to its uplifting denouement. Linda Levy displays her narrative gift in this strong first novel."

-Linda Fairstein, former prosecutor and bestselling author of the Alexandra Cooper crime novels

"In lucid and elegant prose with a sensitivity to the nuances of childhood imagination, Linda Levy's A Kingdom of Madness portrays the realism of a small town dysfunctional family whose three children nevertheless survive in a magical world of their own creation. Each character, from the tyrannical father to the local storekeeper, so brilliantly conceived, will live on in that memorable realm of the best literature."

- Paula Deitz, Editor of The Hudson Review

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ISBN-13: 9781453500972
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 09/15/2010
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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RESM More than 1 year ago
Linda Levy's compelling new novel "A Kingdom of Madness" is a family story sadly in tune with some sensational contemporary headlines. Dr. Lesley Davis, a despicable self-pitying egomaniac known to his children as "Sir", has created his kingdom in an appropriately named place, the Pine Barrens. "Devoid of anything worth seeing, knowing, having," the Pine Barrens allow him to isolate the heartbreakingly naive Frances, who treasures the closeted wedding dress she will never get to wear, and their three children. Deprived of clothes, school, peers, individual birthdays and even functioning toilet facilities, the children and their long ago abandoned older brother survive what Frances cannot. Rewarded with fluid, beautifully descriptive language, the reader is moved beyond the squalor to marvel at the solace found in nature, the innate intelligence of loving, resilient children and the optimistic promise of a bright future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Linda Levy's first novel - long in the writing - is a wonderful book, one I could not put down from the moment I opened it. It is a glorious accomplishment, filled with keen observations about the craziness of the Doctor/Father - an unspeakably horrible husband and father (who as it turns out did have some deeply hidden sensitivity about his beautiful children but it takes the reader a long time to find that out). The children are thrilling, so resilient, individuals beautifully bound together as they move toward their teenage years. Their older brother Spec is a fabulous character who saves the children as they do him. I shuddered for chapter after chapter thinking about the house - truly an insane home - and read with tears the life melt-down of poor, precious Frances. It was all I could do not to turn to the last page to see how all of the horror in the beginning played out, the plotting is that intense. Congratulations to the author!
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rlesser More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading A Kingdom of Madness and truly loved it. I feel like I took a break from my life this week as I became immersed in the worlds of the amazing characters in Linda Levy's novel, who will no doubt live on in my memory for years to come.
TV-GUY More than 1 year ago
Linda Levy's "A kingdom of Madness" is a striking novel of dysfunctionality, despair, redemption, hope and ultimately love. Quite a challenge to pull off in three hundred some pages but Ms Levy does it brilliantly. The book has a unique structure, developing dual plot lines between an egotistical, self centered doctor and the son he abandoned at the age of six. These two characters are the driving force of the tale, although their lines only intersect twice during the story. Levy's exposition of these narratives is wonderfully skillful, as she develops the motivations of the key characters. Her imagery is near flawless, the psychological development of the individuals intriguing as we march toward the ultimate denouement. The pacing of the book is outstanding, the imagery of small town America riveting, the language elegant as Levy takes the reader on a phenomenal journey sure to evoke visceral feelings.