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The Locked Garden by Gloria Whelan
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Aug 14, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s, psychiatric-hospital, historical
Read in August, 2009

Even though I just finished the it last night, I can't remember half the names. Ok, it could be me, not the book, which is about a family whose father works at a home for the mentally ill, or home for the insane as they were called around the turn of the nineteenth century. The daughters in the family form a strong bond with a patient who works for them. But a couple of strong-willed authority figures bully the young woman until she falls once more into a severe depression. The daughters (and I was not entirely this was realistic) help her break out of the depressive cycle. We'll see what the next book brings.

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