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THE DOCTOR'S HOUSE opens with a woman exploring her own brother's sexual appetites, uncovering his myriad betrayals of his wives and lovers, and of her. Nina, a reclusive copy editor, should have better things to do than track her brother's escapades, but since her husband's death she has become solitary and defensive, and just as obsessive as Andrew. As the novel unfolds, the story of Nina and Andrew is retold by their mother, who at once illuminates and undermines her daughter's account. Finally, the brother speaks for himself, and the deeper Beattie takes us into Andrew's mind, the more his perspective suggests that Nina might be both less innocent and less detached than she maintains. In the guise of exploring their memories of the past, Nina and her mother repress them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780743235013
ISBN-10: 0743235010
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 16mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Simon & Schuster International
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ann Beattie

Ann Beattie has published six previous collections of stories such as PERFECT RECALL and six novels including LOVE ALWAYS (Penguin) and FALLING IN PLACE (Penguin). She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida.

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