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The Quelling

The Quelling

by Barbara Barrow
The Quelling

The Quelling

by Barbara Barrow


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Addie and Dorian have always been together. They’re clever, beautiful and hopelessly violent. Diagnosed with a rare psychiatric condition and accused of murder in childhood, the sisters have spent their lives in a locked ward under the supervision of eccentric researcher Dr. Lark. Now on the cusp of adulthood, Addie has a plan: start a new family, to replace the one she lost. Dorian struggles to quell her violent tendencies in time to help raise her sister’s child. But Dr. Lark sees these patients as key to his revolutionary cure, and he will not allow Addie’s absurd ideas to get in the way. As his “treatments” become increasingly bizarre, they put Addie and Dorian at risk. Their only lifeline may be Ellie, a ward nurse with troubles of her own, who’s never felt the need to protect anyone until now. Harrowing and bittersweet, at times claustrophobic, this gritty debut explores the fragility of familial bonds and the sometimes intractable tension between freedom and safety.

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ISBN-13: 9781941360217
Publisher: Lanternfish Press
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 318
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Barbara Barrow is a fiction writer and literary critic who adores all things feminist, fabulist, and surreal. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Forge Literary Magazine, Cease, Cows, Folio, Zahir, NANO Fiction, and elsewhere, and her journal articles have appeared in Victorian Poetry, Journal of Victorian Culture, Victorian Periodicals Review, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts. She is Assistant Professor of English at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

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