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Divorcing Mom: A Memoir of Psychoanalysis

Expected release date is 1/22/2019

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Psychoanalysis was her family’s religion—instead of wafers and wine, there were Seconals, Nembutals, and gin. Baptized into the faith at fourteen, Melissa Knox endured her analyst’s praise of her childlike, victimized mother—who leaned too close, ate off Melissa’s plate, and thought “pedophile” meant “silly person.” Gaslighted with the notions that she’d seduced her father, failed to masturbate, and betrayed her mother, Melissa shouldered the blame. Her story of a family pulled into and torn apart by psychoanalysis exposes the abuse inherent in its authoritarianism as Melissa learns, with a startling sense of humor and admirable chagrin, that divorcing Mom is sometimes the least crazy thing to do.

About the author

Melissa Knox, PhD, a New York City native, teaches American literature and culture at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. She endured more than twenty years of psychoanalysis, wrote a psychoanalytic biography of Oscar Wilde titled Oscar Wilde: A Long and Lovely Suicide (Yale University Press, 1996), and has authored numerous personal essays about disturbed family life, often in relation to psychoanalysis.

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Melissa Knox
Foreword by:
Jeffrey Masson
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