Love in the Asylum
By Lisa Carey
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060937430, 304pp.)
Publication Date: April 2005
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From an author whose work has been called 'haunted and joyous and heartbreaking all at once' (Washington Post Book World) comes an unforgettable novel of two lost souls who find love and salvation against all odds.
Can love save those who believe they are beyond redemption? In and out of a swank northeastern rehab centre more than a dozen times in ten years, Alba Elliot, a 25yearold children's book writer and manicdepressive, believes she is a hopeless case. But an unlikely relationship with Oscar, a 30yearold drug addict whose 'recreation' has cost him everything, and a centuryold story hidden in the institution's library bring about changes that Alba could never have imagined.
Brought together by fate, influenced by forces as beautiful and powerful as they are unforeseen, Alba and Oscar will slowly rise from the ashes of despair and selfdestruction and, in the midst of righting an old wrong, begin to heal their battered spirits. A beautifully crafted, heartfelt tale of tragedy and triumph, Lisa Carey's moving third novel is a testament to the surprising resilience of the human heart.
Lisa Carey is the author of The Mermaids Singing, In the Country of the Young, and Love in the Asylum. She lived in Ireland for five years and now resides in Portland, Maine, with her husband and their son.
“A sensitive effort from a talented writer.”
“Touching [and] multilayered.”
“Carey is skilled at weaving the disparate elements of the narrative together to reach a satisfying ... resolution....recommended.”