The Resource Guests on Earth : a novel, Lee Smith

Guests on Earth : a novel, Lee Smith

Label
Guests on Earth : a novel
Title
Guests on Earth
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Lee Smith
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The insane are always mere guests on earth, eternal strangers carrying around broken decalogues that they cannot read."-F. Scott Fitzgerald. "Evalina Toussaint, orphaned child of an exotic dancer in New Orleans, is just thirteen when she is admitted to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936, and the mental hospital is under the direction of the celebrated psychiatrist Dr. Robert S. Carroll, whose innovative treatment for nervous disorders and addictions is based upon fresh air, diet, exercise, gardening, art, dance, music, theater, and therapies of the day such as rest cures, freeze wraps, and insulin shock. Talented Evalina is soon taken under the wing of the doctor s wife, a famous concert pianist, and eventually becomes the accompanist for all musical programs at the hospital, including the many dances and theatricals choreographed by longtime patient Zelda Fitzgerald. Evalina s role gives her privileged access to the lives and secrets of other patients and staff swept into a cascading series of events leading up to the tragic fire of 1948 that killed nine women in a locked ward on the top floor. She offers a solution for the still-unsolved mystery of that fire, as well as her own ideas about the very thin line between sanity and insanity; her opinion of the psychiatric treatment of women and girls who failed to fit into prevailing male ideals; and her insights into the resonance between art and madness. A writer at the height of her craft, Lee Smith has created, through her masterful melding of fiction and fact, a mesmerizing novel about a world apart a time and a place where creativity and passion, theory and medicine, fact and fiction, tragedy and transformation, are luminously intertwined."--cover p. 2, 3
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Lee
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • PS3569.M5376
  • PS3569.M5376
LC item number
  • G83 2013
  • G83 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Orphans
  • Teenage girls
  • Pianists
  • Psychiatric hospitals
Label
Guests on Earth : a novel, Lee Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Shannon Ravenel book."--T.p
Control code
sky255967523
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9781616202538
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013019639
Other physical details
illustration
Label
Guests on Earth : a novel, Lee Smith
Publication
Note
"A Shannon Ravenel book."--T.p
Control code
sky255967523
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9781616202538
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013019639
Other physical details
illustration

Library Locations

    • KDL Byron Twp. BranchBorrow it
      8191 Byron Center Ave. SW, Byron Center, MI, 49315, US
      42.8164386 -85.7240006
    • KDL Cascade Twp. BranchBorrow it
      2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546, US
      42.9117597 -85.5043438
    • KDL East Grand Rapids BranchBorrow it
      746 Lakeside Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids, MI, 49506, US
      42.9494868 -85.6117855
    • KDL Grandville BranchBorrow it
      4055 Maple St. SW, Grandville, MI, 49418, US
      42.9077791 -85.7646944
    • KDL Gaines Twp. BranchBorrow it
      421 68th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49548, US
      42.8411386 -85.65376359999999
    • KDL Wyoming BranchBorrow it
      3350 Michael Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI, 49509, US
      42.9035071 -85.6940628
Processing Feedback ...