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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Red Hen Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597092347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597092340
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,923,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Psychiatrist Regina Moss, the center of An Age of Madness, is a harsh and pessimistic healer whose own private terrors make her at once insightful and unforgiving. Like all good writers, David Maine is fascinated by the mysteries of character. The doctor’s halting journey toward understanding her role in what happened to her family is genuinely suspenseful: she is a formidable opponent, and the opponent is herself.”
—Jincy Willett, author of The Writing Class and Winner of the National Book Award



“In this haunting exploration of an American tragedy, David Maine peels away the boundaries of what can be known and what can be admitted. Intriguing and uplifting.”
—Stuart Archer Cohen, author of The Army of the Republic



“Before you begin David Maine’s searing novel An Age of Madness, turn off the phone, empty your bladder, and tell your loved ones you’ll be unreachable for a while. It’s that compelling. You won’t want any interruptions as you read this dark tale of one psychiatrist’s attempt at long-term denial.”
—Natalie Danford, author of Inheritance and editor of Best New American Voices

 

About the Author

In addition to An Age of Madness, David Maine is the author of four novels: The Preservationist, Fallen, The Book of Samson, and Monster, 1959. His novels have been praised in such outlets as Time magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, People magazine, and Entertainment Weekly, and translated into Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Greek, Japanese, and Russian. The Preservationist was nominated for the First Book Award by British newspaper The Guardian, and has been optioned for a film. July 2011 saw the release of his fantasy novel eBook, The Gamble of the Godless. From 1995-98, Maine lived and worked in Rabat, Morocco, before moving to Lahore, Pakistan, where he lived until 2008. Since returning to the US, he has relocated to Honolulu, where he has taught at the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Pacific University, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
Regina Moss is a psychiatrist with plenty of issues of her own. Her daughter, Anna, erratically speaks with her and when she does, little information about her life is forthcoming. Anna is a student at a small Vermont college and has had problems fitting in. She is majoring in economics but wants to change majors to something a bit more 'creative'.

Regina has a lot of secrets. Her son and husband died in a tragic accident. They fell (or one pushed the other) from a treehouse in their yard. Anna has been after Regina for years to have the treehouse cut down but Regina is dawdling about this. It is a big deal for Anna. Anna feels like Regina has been an absentee mother since the accident and has turned to her grandparents more and more for love and nurturing. What Anna doesn't know is that Regina has a letter from Toby that was left after the accident that Anna has never opened. It has sat in her dresser drawer for years. Anna, too, has secrets of her own that Regina is not privy to.

Regina, 42 years old, has a big crush on Russell, a psychiatric aide on the unit Regina works on, a unit for involuntarily committed patients who are mostly impoverished. Russell is 12 years Regina's junior and wants to buy the restaurant he works in which is primarily an ice cream shop. He also has found Jesus which is something that is an anathema to Regina who is very rational and not religious.

The novel goes back and forth from the present to the past. We learn that Regina got pregnant with Toby, her first child, when she was 18 after knowing Walter, her first husband, only one year. Walter worked as a house-husband while Regina pursued college and then medical school. She was often missing as the children achieved their milestones.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 21, 2012
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5 Stars - Highly Recommended / The Next Best Book
Pgs: 293
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Release Date: Sept 1, 2012

2012 feels like the year of the grieving spouse/parent in literary fiction.

Two of my favorite reads from earlier this year remain Amelia Gray's Threats and Jac Jemc's My Only Wife. Additionally, I have just started reading Jonathan Evison's The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, which so far has all the makings of a favorite as well. All three of these books contain male protagonists who deal with grief and loss (a wife in Amelia and Jac's case, children in Jonathan's) in their own, unique, and potentially crazy ways.

In David Maine's sixth novel, An Age of Madness, (upcoming from Red Hen Press) I found myself revisiting the grief and loss theme again, only this time it's from a female point of view. A female psychiatrist, to be exact.

Told in first person present, Regina Moss introduces herself as someone Freud would call a lousy mother. Overbearing and emotionally distant. Perhaps it's a good thing her job is diagnosing mental disorders and not, say, in marriage or guidance counseling. Her rough bedside manner and thick professional skin, however, might not be solely a product of her work environment. Sure, working with crazies must take its toll on you after awhile. But we get the feeling really early on that Regina's got some personal issues she hasn't been able to work herself through just yet. She's been protecting herself, and us, from some nasty skeletons in her closet. And now, it would appear the bones behind the door are begging to be let out and the walls she's built up around them are starting to crumble right before our eyes.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith on April 5, 2013
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Each new revelation of the facts surrounding Regina's husband's death makes you understand why she is apparently just barely keeping it together even seven years later.

Great psychological journey, undertaken in a dark, witty, smart and tortured voice.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Dickie on December 19, 2012
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David Maine is one of my favorite authors and I do not understand why he is not on everyone's amazing author list. This book is a very insightful and intelligent study of a woman dealing with loss, a teenage daughter and an awakening need for a relationship. Once you start, you won't put it down.
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