More Than It Hurts You by Darin Strauss
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Josh Goldin's happy yet unexamined existence is shattered one morning when his wife, Dori, rushes their eight-month- old son to the emergency room in severe distress. Dr. Darlene Stokes, an African-American physician and single mother, suspects Munchausen by proxy, a rarely diagnosed and controversial phenomenon where a mother intentionally harms her baby. As each of them is forced to confront a reality that has become a nightmare, Darlene, Dori, and Josh are pushed to their breaking points.

Darin Strauss's extraordinary novel is set in a world turned upside down-where doctors try to save babies from their parents, police use the law to tear families apart, and the people you think you know best end up surprising you the most.
 

About Darin Strauss

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Darin Strauss is the bestselling author of three previous books. The recipient of a Guggenheim in fiction writing and numerous other awards, Strauss has seen his work translated into fourteen languages and published in more than twenty countries. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Writing at New York University, and he lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn.
 
Published June 19, 2008 by Plume. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Strauss (The Real McCoy, 2003, etc.) departs from writing historically based novels with this contemporary family drama about a suspicion of child abuse.

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The third novel from the author of Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy is an often satiric page-turner that tracks a Long Island

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The New York Times

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Darin Strauss’s third novel is about suspicion, prejudice and child abuse on Long Island.

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Josh rushes there to find Zack completely recovered, but Dori fuming that the hospital ignored her early fears and didn't perform an elementary early test on Zack.

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Strauss's third novel is the story of three ordinary individuals whose paths interconnect in extraordinary ways. Arthur Morey's exquisite performance brings those characters and many othe

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Tampa Bay Times

But Strauss delves deeper into America's psyche, allowing the novel's true tension to come from traditional gender and racial biases.

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