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By Diane Lawson

"Diane Lawson's impressive perception into the mysteries and witchcraft of psychoanalysis . . . mixed along with her awesome writing abilities makes this a different novel that i discovered very unlikely to place down."—Abraham Verghese, writer of Cutting for Stone

Sigmund Freud may have loved Dr. Nora Goodman, a horny forty-something psychoanalyst along with her handful of neurotic sufferers who can't appear to permit themselves happiness, love, or good fortune. She's no longer precisely a gentle patron herself, born to a ranting bipolar Talmudic pupil and a mom with a center as chilly as a slaughterhouse at the Kansas prairie in January. yet now she has young children and an overbearing psychiatrist husband. She hates him. She hates his insular social global. Nora wishes a brand new lifestyles sans husband, yet what she will get is anything extraordinarily varied. It starts off one Monday morning whilst her 8 o'clock sufferer blows himself to smithereens. the subsequent week, one other sufferer dies. The police see the 1st as an coincidence, the second one an easy suicide. Nora thinks her perform is being particular through a killer. She hires inner most investigator Mike Ruiz, a tightly wound ex-cop who couldn't care much less for Sigmund. "Oh, Freud," Mike says. "Isn't he dead?" Freud is often looking at whereas the not going pair fight to an unforeseen end.

Diane Lawson was once born and raised in l. a. Russell, Missouri (population 128). She did her undergraduate stories on the college of Missouri, her psychiatric residency at Michael Reese clinic in Chicago, and her psychoanalytic education on the Institute for Psychoanalysis, additionally in Chicago. She has little ones and lives and practices in San Antonio, Texas.

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It rarely happens that dreams are either exclu­ sively positive or exclusively negative. As a rule one finds both aspects, but usually one is stronger than the other. It is obvious that such a dream provides the psychologist with enough ma­ terial to raise the problem of a religious attitude. If our dream were the only one we possess we could hardly hope to unlock its innermost meaning, but we have quite a number of dreams in our series which point to a remarkable religious problem. I never, if I can help it, interpret one dream by itself.

Both are fre­ quent dream-figures. As a rule they personify the unconscious and give it its peculiarly disagreeable or irritating character. The unconscious in itself has no such negative qualities. They appear only when it is personified by these figures and when they begin to influence consciousness. Being only partial per­ sonalities, they have the character either of an inferior woman or of an inferior man—hence their irritating efEect. " (Ruska, Turba pliilosophorum, 1931, p. , I, pp. ). On p.

54 We find our dream wedged in between two important dreams of an uncanny quality. " The dream after is concerned with a similar theme—the magical transformation of animals into human beings. 23 55 Both dreams are intensely disagreeable and very alarming to the patient. Whereas the church dream manifestly moves on the surface and expresses opinions which in other circumstances could just as well have been thought consciously, these two dreams are strange and remote in character and their emotional effect is such that the dreamer would avoid them if possible.

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