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Rebecca Griffin has everything she ever wanted – or so says her big-hearted Italian American family. But now her marriage is unraveling and her teenage daughter is hurtling toward a self-destructive calamity. While Rebecca struggles to hang on to her husband and save her daughter, she learns of the mysterious death of a young woman long ago at a local prison and her family’s connection to the girl, Rose. It is a story that haunts Rebecca. Her search for answers takes Rebecca from the small idyllic New England town where she lives to her big Italian family still residing in the old tight-knit neighborhood in East Boston. As she tries to dig up the facts of the young girl’s life and violent death, Rebecca’s own buried secrets surface. She finally gains insight into the choices she’s made, facing the difficult truth about her husband, Drew. The three women, Rebecca, her troubled daughter, Dana, and a mysterious figure from the past each unknowingly embark on a collision course one desperate, enchanted autumn night when the answers they seek come to light in the most unearthly of places by the most innocent of messengers.
Deborah Doucette is the author of Raising Our Children's Children: Room in the Heart, and a blogger for the Huffington Post.
Can a psychiatrist who has never been to war heal veterans who have? How do you help someone who really needs you when you need help yourself? Already reeling from his tragic mishandling of a patient under his care, Dr. Paul Gilverstein—a first year psychiatric resident at the New York VA -- finds out that his young wife is pregnant. Caught off-guard, Paul begins to question his marriage, career choice, and very sense of self. As Paul drifts closer and closer to the edge, the Chief of Psychiatry dumps on him one of the Department’s toughest outpatient cases: Sgt. Lionel Tool, an angry vet just back from Vietnam. The heart of this story lies in the relationship between Lionel Tool and Paul Gilverstein. With enormous psychological acuity and drawing on his own personal experience during the Vietnam War, Sam Osherson lays bare the deeply personal human relationship that underlies psychotherapy. This dynamic between patient and therapist turns out to have wide-ranging repercussions not just in the professional realm but in Paul Gilverstein's private life as well. In the final analysis, The Stethoscope Cure is a novel about how a man heals himself by listening to his heart in relationship with others, not with a medical instrument but with the tools of his own humanity.
Sam Osherson is a psychologist and a professor at Fielding Graduate University. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Utne Reader, and the Miami Herald.