Lithium for Medea: A Novel

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Seven Stories Press, 2002 - Fiction - 362 pages
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Lithium for Medea is as much a tale of addiction—to sex, drugs, and dysfunctional family chains—as it is one of mothers and daughters, their mutual rebellion and unconscious mimicry. Here is the story according to Rose—the daughter of a narcissistic, emotionally crippled mother and a father who shadowboxes with death in hospital corridors—as she slips deeply and dangerously into the lair of a cocaine-fed artist in the bohemian squalor of Venice. Lithium for Medea sears us with Rose’s breathless, fierce, visceral flight—like a drug that leaves one’s perceptions forever altered.
  

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User Review  - Amie - Goodreads

There is writing and then there is heart-crushing, soul exploding, boundless writing. Kate Braverman's ability to wander adeptly and yet freely through word forests while maintaining a sense of style ... Read full review

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User Review  - Frances Coles - Goodreads

Another LA book I like. This one a novel. Kate Braverman seems really wacky and kind of egomaniacal. I saw her read once (while I was living in LA) and she read with a student of hers, and she seems ... Read full review

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KATE BRAVERMAN is a native of Los Angeles who grew up surrounded by the counterculture of San Francisco. She has published several novels, including The Incantation of Frida K. (2002), Wonders of the West (1993), Palm Latitudes (1988), and Lithium for Medea (1979), books of poetry—Postcards from August (1990), Hurricane Warnings (1987), Lullaby for Sinners (1980), and Milkrun (1977)—and a collection of stories, Squandering the Blue (1990). She won the O. Henry Award in 1992.

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