Tales from a Traveling Couch

Psychotherapist Revisits His Most Memorable Patients

By Robert Akeret
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393314984, 240pp.)

Publication Date: November 1996

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So, on a sunny morning in April, Dr. Akeret got in his van and set off tovisit his most memorable former patients--a journey "in search of storyendings." And what remarkable stories they are...Naomi, an abused young Jewish girl from the Bronx who transforms herself into a Spanish flamenco dancer named Isabella--what is she like now, in her mid-fifties?What about Charles, who fell madly in love with a circus polar bear? Had he been able to resist his fatal psychosexual attraction?What of Sasha, the dashing, prize-winning French novelist with writers block and a penchant for exploiting women? In the end, did his art prevail or his life?And what became of Mary--did she ever "murder" again?Like a brilliant psychological detective novel, this book tells its stories in fascinating detail while raising fundamental questions about psychotherapy.

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