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Author Talk with Kathleen Collins

June 28, 2024 @ 1:30 pm 2:30 pm

In the middle of 1974, Flora is privileged and middle-aged in a liberation-hued America, and feels both compelled by and left out of the women’s movement. She finds it difficult to activate her limited supply of empathy as she contends with a clandestine and unlikely friendship, a worrisome health scare, a domineering and philandering psychiatrist husband or her own distant daughter.

Flora’s secret foray into psychotherapy does nothing to halt the sense that there is a better life for her somewhere else, in some parallel existence. T hrough the continuum of psychological diagnoses, she is lost in the murky place between contentment and discontentment, normal and abnormal.

Is her state of mind a clinical, diagnosable condition, or common malaise? Perhaps she’ll find out if she stops resisting to share herself with those who love her.

About the author: Kathleen Collins’s nonfiction books include Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking ShowsDr. Joyce Brothers: The Founding Mother of TV Psychology, and a memoir, From Rabbit Ears to the Rabbit Hole: A Life with Television. Her work has also appeared in such outlets as the Journal of Popular Film & Television, Critical Studies in Television, and Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies. She is a professor and librarian at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and produces and co-hosts a podcast called Indoor Voices that features scholars and creatives at the City University of New York. Study in Hysteria is her first novel.

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