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August Paperback – August 20, 1997
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"August"written by Judith Rossner------so I read it! And it was good.
I especially like books that dig into the character. I like to know the
outside, as seen by the world, and also the hidden inside. Dawn is a troubled
teenager who undergoes 5 years of psychoanalyst with Dr. LuLu Shinefeld.
Dawn loves and is dependent and even jealous of her doctor's family.
Dawn is a sick puppy and 85% of the book takes place in the doctor's office with
Dawn weeping. I enjoyed the one on one of doctor and patient, however some people
would probably be tired of this by the 2nd or 3rd chapter. The remaining 15% involves LuLu's
unhealthy relationship with a married man. There are few other characters, but most of the story
is told in the doctor's office. This is an old book, written in the 80s. I
tend to like the books written from 1950 until the late 80s. August is well written and the characters
and the story will hold your attention.
One wonders, has Judith Rossner settled on 'hot' topics-- date rapes, Siamese twins, psychoanalysis-- in her writing? What is it about these somewhat outsider themes that is of interest to the author? Do actual cases do the work of devising a plot and a setting?
The new analyst agrees not to terminate therapy with Dawn. The patient is to make that decision. Time passes and in college now, the patient, Dawn Henley, informs her analyst, Dr. Shinefeld, that she is a nervous wreck. The author conveys perfectly the patient's neediness.
The therapist, Lulu Shinefeld, had a middle class childhood, growing up on West End Avenue. Dawn becomes for Lulu a sort of analytic daughter. Lulu feels that Dawn could embody the happiness fantasy.
Concepts of dependency and connections are illustrated by Dawn and her natural and adoptive parents and Lulu with her husbands, children, parents, and friends. Psychoanalysis is a promising arena for the playing out of complications and misunderstandings. In analysis motives are under scrutiny. The parallel paths of the patient and her analyst scaffold this well-paced and interesting novel.