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Shunned: Outcasts in the Land

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Amos, a small town minister in New England, is horrified. His wife Carrie has been jailed for vandalism against Jett Pharmaceuticals, her retaliation for their son John's death by a drug overdose. Amos's own reaction to his son's death is to speak prophetically on Hell and punishment through preaching and conducting public meetings. Public reaction is fierce and ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published August 24th 2012 by Createspace (first published July 23rd 2012)
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Ms Hanson
Jan 18, 2013 Ms Hanson rated it really liked it

When published facts on heavily-marketed patent medicines can be weighted by manipulated studies and statistics, where real events are peopled by fictional characters, and medical salvation is promised for the masses, fiction comes to the rescue. “SHUNNED: Outcasts in the Land” addresses another side of modern pharmaceuticals, once meant to cure the common maladies of the world, now openly promoted and over-prescribed for target populations and off-label use. As frightening as “Wrongful Death: T
Guy Vestal  - Counter Culture Critic


So... I got this free copy in the mail, to read and review.

If you are the author reading this, just be patient, and keep reading, as we go through the whole pro's & con's thing.

The characters, landscape, and storyline are standard enough to make this a read that can be easily enough "gotten". Social justice issues that are in need of addressing, are done here, and are popular enough to be recognized as both needed, and neglected.

A New England Baptist minister and his wife, their so
Kristen Chandler
Oct 29, 2015 Kristen Chandler rated it really liked it
People want to complain about problems in our society, but most people would rather turn their heads and look the other way or sweep things under the rug than deal with them head on. But write it up as a fictional story and people will eat it up. I love how this story not only addresses the over-use of prescription drugs, but mainly anti-depressants. A lot of people don't understand that this is a real problem. It also addresses the issue of "shunning" which most people may not even think still ...more
Paul Franco
Oct 19, 2015 Paul Franco rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
A college student OD’s on pills prescribed by his university’s doctor. His mom protests a local drug company, gets put in jail, and is instantly hated and shunned–hence the title–by everyone, because they’re the lifeblood of the town. Seems amazing that all these supposedly religious people don’t give a damn that this kid died; all they care about is the money.
There’s a Sharyn McCrumb line about a kid having the soul of an aging Baptist minister; not this guy here. He’s the husband of the woma
The Haunted Reading Room {Cthulhu Down the Chimney Tonight}

This novel, a literary exploration of the inroads of the pharmaceutical industry and of a marriage after one of its foundations has been knocked asunder, has strong and intentional overtones resonating of Nathaniel Hawthorne' s classic tale "The Scarlet Letter" (the minister's wife commits a crime, is jailed, then shunned and ostracized; the CEO' s surname is Dimsdale; the community is small and insular). Yet throughout I was constantly reminded of the Old Testament Book of Hosea,
Nov 01, 2015 Jay rated it really liked it
Shunned by Cynthia Heard Darling was received direct from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I must admit, I had high expectations for this novel based upon it description about living with meds for clinical depression and subsequently fighting back against the drugs and drug makers. The novel was slower than I am accustomed to reading though it moved steadily forward with its storytelling. While it is fictional in nature, many parts of the novel could have been written as first ...more
Donna Maguire

This book is quite fast paced and I read it in two sittings. I found it very easy to read and thought the main characters gelled very well together whilst being strong enough to have their own stories within the main novel. I was hooked by this book as soon as I started reading it. The way it is written is captivating and I found it to be a real page turner, there is quite a bit of research and facts provided regarding the pharmaceutical industry and the medi
Virginia Winfield
Nov 02, 2015 Virginia Winfield rated it it was amazing
This book really kept my interest throughout the whole thing. This is a book about suicide and depression. Carrie and Amos have a son who commits suicide. They learn that while he was in college he became depressed and ended up on prescription antidepressants. While trying to cope with his death they do research and find out that many of these antidepressants are possibly causing people to do things that they would never have done before. Carrie needs to research why this is happening and Amos ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Excellent novel developing into an exciting thriller that I could not put down. I found myself reading with anticipation throughout the book but when I reached 1/2 way, I found the story theme and intrigue overtook me, preventing me from putting it down. It also is an excellent expose that causes one to question the use of prescription drugs for mental illnesses such as depression and the over-prescription of drugs. A very well-written and well-researched book from all angles, both personal and ...more
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Cynthia Hearne Darling has an English degree from the College of William and Mary and master's degrees in social work and public administration. She has worked for the federal government in mental institutions, Indian reservations and the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She says it was sometimes hard to tell one agency from another, but she preferred the Indian reservation. It was ...more
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