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The Madwoman of Bethlehem
It is 1957, and Amal is an inmate of the "Bethlehem Oasis for Troubled Women," having feigned insanity for nine years in order to avoid being put to death for the murder of her abusive husband. When a violent attack by a fellow inmate confines her to bed, Amal must not only heal physically, but also come to grips with her traumatic memories. These take her back to the ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Second Story Press
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The Madwoman of Bethlehem is a beautifully written story of abuse, family, and the triumph of grace in the midst of more than one kind of madness. Amal is a resident of the Oasis for Troubled Women, an insane asylum in Bethlehem where she has lived for nine years. The catch? She’s not mad. When a confrontation with one of the dangerous inmates leads to severe injuries, months in a hospital bed and encounters with a kind nurse and an old friend lead Amal to reflect on the twisted path that ...more
A wonderful novel that is fast paced and captures the reader's attention and imagination. Within seconds of opening the book, I found myself thrown into a very troubled world that became so real. Ms. Mailloux's writing style is direct and to the point but yet so colourful and descriptive in those few words used. The book not only tells the unique story of one woman's survival but creates an picture of a Middle eastern society filled with oppression, cruelity and hope. An excellent book!
I loved this book - powerful and sensitive. Loved the change from 1st to 3rd person narrative. Rosine is a local author and actually came to our book club and spoke to us about her book and writing/publishing - a fascinating meeting. Looking forward to reading more.