Blue Asylum

Blue Asylum

Book - 2012
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Put on trial by her slaveholder husband and convicted of madness by a Virginia judge, Iris Dunleavy is sent to Sanibel Asylum to be restored to a good wife. But Iris knows her husband is the true criminal; she is no lunatic, only guilty of violating Southern notions of property. A pompous superintendent heads this asylum populated by wonderful characters, including his self-diagnosing twelve-year-old son, a woman who swallows anything in sight, and Ambrose Weller, a Confederate soldier whose memories terrorize him into wild fits that can only be calmed by the color blue, but whose gentleness and dark eyes beckon to Iris. The institution calls itself modern, but Iris is skeptical of its methods, particularly the dreaded "water treatment." In this isolated place, she finds love with Ambrose. But can she take him with her if she escapes? Will there be anything for them to make a life from, back home? This novel is the story of a spirited woman, a wounded soldier, their impossible love, and the call of freedom
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547712079
Branch Call Number: FIC Hepinstall, K 2012
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 19, 2016

Literary prose. Very effective use of color references on nearly every page. Iris and Ambrose inspired my sympathy and admiration.

Sep 17, 2014

Beautifully written and very engaging.

Jan 24, 2013

Original, beautifully written.

Aug 02, 2012

I confess I did not finish this book. The premise is engaging; who can resist the idea of a plantation wife imprisoned in a Florida asylum? But the story was plodding, the writing pedestrian, and the characters superficially limned. It wasn't awful, but hey, life is too short to finish uninspired books.

Very good!


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