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Stripped, showered and drugged, Luanne Kilpi's life as wife and mother is turned upside-down as she enters the world of the insane. After her attempted suicide following the death of her three-year-old son, Luanne is admitted to the Traverse State Hospital where she now lives with locked doors, long hallways, gowns, moans and shouts, restraints, pills, little fluted cups a ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 2nd 2010 by Arbutus Press
(first published June 2010)
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Thankfully times have changed. The novel follows 5 women who have been admitted to the Traverse City State Hospital in the mid 1960s. Group counseling, labotlomies and early generation mind drugs are used in therapy, with some success. The good and the bad are presented and offer an insight into the times and the state hospital. Sensitive, and it held my interest. I see why it has sold so well.
I just finished this first novel from Sowle. The story starts out with the main characters "admission" into a Michigan mental hospital after her attempted suicide and the death of her son. And in the tradition of great novels like One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Girl, Interrupted we get a glimpse at the sometimes shocking conditions of mental intitutions from years ago. This quickly turns into a well-written, very personal story about a woman dealing with her grief while forging some new frie ...more
I really liked this book. I love the Traverse City area and the former State Hospital is fascinating to me. I love the history of the place and what they are doing with it now instead of letting it fall into ruin. The story was a well written story and I really liked the characters. The best part is that it isn't all perfectly tied up with a bow at the end.
Jennifer Sowle is a practicing clinical psychologist in Traverse City, Michigan. She has coauthored two non-fiction books and has written many professional articles.More about Jennifer Sowle...
Admissions is her first novel.