Hystera

Leora Skolkin-Smith

Story Plant hardcover

ISBN:  978-1-61188-090-8

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-61188-091-5

Publication date: September 10, 2013

194 pages

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Poetic, strange and evocative… A poignant prose-poem…”

— Publishers Weekly

Set in the turbulent 1970s when Patty Hearst became Tanya the Revolutionary, Hystera is a timeless story of madness, yearning, and identity. After a fatal accident takes her father away, Lillian Weill blames herself for the family tragedy. Tripping through failed love affairs with men and doomed friendships, all Lilly wants is to be sheltered from reality. She retreats from the outside world into a world of delusion and the private terrors of a New York City Psychiatric Hospital.


How do we know who we really are? How do we find our true selves under the heavy burden of family and our pasts? In an unpredictable portrait of mental illness, Hystera penetrates to the pulsing heart of the questions.


WINNER: GLOBAL E-BOOK AWARDS

 

USA BOOK AWARDS IN FICTION
FINALIST: INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS


Read an interview with Lilith Magazine here and with Caroline Leavitt here.
Read an essay on writing from Leora Skolkin-Smith here.

About the Author...

"Skolkin-Smith’s alchemy is to inhabit her characters even as she crafts a riveting story that is nothing short of brilliant," said Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You. Reviewers and readers agree that Skolkin-Smith's work is a remarkable blend of literary mastery and profound observation. It is a combination that must be experienced to be fully appreciated.

 

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