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GUESTS ON EARTH, SMITH, LEE
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Author Name    SMITH, LEE

Title   GUESTS ON EARTH

Binding   PAPERBACK

Book Condition   .

Publisher    Shannon Ravenel 2014

ISBN Number    1616203803 / 9781616203801

Seller ID   9781616203801N

Shannon Ravenel 5/13/2014. New paperback. 2014 SIBA Fiction Book Award finalist. Store pick: This is a haunting story about the treatment of mental illness in the early 1900s, focused on Highland Hospital in Asheville, NC where Zelda Fitzgerald died in the fire that destroyed the hospital in 1948. While Zelda is a character in this book, the story is told through the voice of Evalina Toussaint who is sent to the hospital as a young child. Her story is a brutal example of the early treatment of mental illness where some patients were no more than subjects for experiments. Any fan of the Fitzgeralds, the medical profession, or the history of the early 1900s will enjoy this book. -Jackie W., volunteer

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It s 1936 when orphaned thirteen-year-old Evalina Toussaint is admitted to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, a mental institution known for its innovative treatments for nervous disorders and addictions. Taken under the wing of the hospital s most notable patient, Zelda Fitzgerald, Evalina witnesses the cascading events leading up to the tragic fire of 1948 that killed nine women in a locked ward, Zelda among them. Author Lee Smith has created, through her artful blending of fiction and fact, a mesmerizing novel about a world apart a time and a place where creativity and passion, theory and medicine, tragedy and transformation, are luminously intertwined.

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