In this introspective novel we follow the narrator, Mandy, from her early childhood through to middle age. Initially, her family is poor, but stable, in Depression-era North Carolina. When her brothers leave the farm and her mother dies, Mandy’s life takes a turn for the worse. One day she kills her drunken, abusive father and then is sent to Dorothea Dix Hospital. During her years at Dix, she comes to understand herself and other people, and upon release finds her way to love and a more normal life.
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