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Riven Rockby T C Boyle
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T. C. Boyle's seventh novel transforms two characters straight out of history into rich mythic figures whose tortured love story is as heartbreaking as it is hilarious. It is the dawn of the twentieth century when the beautiful, budding feminist Katherine Dexter falls in love with Stanley McCormick, son of a millionaire inventor. The two wed, but before the marriage is consummated, Stanley experiences a nervous breakdown and is diagnosed as a schizophrenic sex maniac. Locked up for the rest of his life at Riven Rock, the family's California mansion, Stanley is treated by a series of confident doctors determined to cure him. But his true salvation lies with Katherine who, throughout her career as a scientist and suffragette, continues a patient vigil from beyond the walls of Riven Rock, never losing hope that one day Stanley will be healed.
Blending social history with some of the most deliciously dark humor ever written, Boyle employs his hallmark virtuoso prose to tell the story of America's age of innocence — and of a love affair that is as extraordinary as it is unforgettable.
Stanley McCormick falls victim to a tormenting sexual mania and schizophrenia, and is imprisoned in the mansion known as Riven Rock where, under the control of psychiatrists, he is forbidden any contact with women. His wife, Katherine Dexter, remains hopeful that her husband will one day return.
Following on from the success of "The Tortilla Curtain", this is an historical novel set at the turn of the century. Based on a true story, this is a tragic tale encompassing love, madness and sexuality. "Irresistible... Boyle is a gifted and empathetic satirist... the finest craftsman... " Bret Easton Ellis, "Vogue".
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