Notes from the Country Club by Kim Wozencraft

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A battered woman murders her husband in self-defense and finds herself suffering the humiliation and brutality of imprisonment, coupled with disturbing flashbacks that reveal the escalating terror in her marriage. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

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Kim Wozencraft is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Rush, which was made into a feature film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh. She was executive editor at Prison Life magazine, has written for HBO Films, and her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, Texas Monthly, New York Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University and lives in upstate New York with her three children.
Published September 23, 1993 by Houghton Mifflin. 205 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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I survived.'' Cynthia survives again when, after she's found competent and is put on trial, she perjures herself by claiming that she killed Daniel as he choked her--a statement followed immediately by an expert witness's long explanation of why battered women stay with abusive men.

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While waiting for the state to determine whether she is competent to stand trial, Cynthia Mitchell is incarcerated in the women's psychiatric ward of the Forth Worth Federal Correctional Institution--``a country club, compared to most,'' says the prison shrink.

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There's more psychologically evocative detail in Garth Brooks' country song ''The Thunder Rolls,'' about a battered wife's revenge, than in all 200-plus pages of Notes From the Country Club.

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Wozencraft, the former narcotics cop turned addict who spent 18 months in a federal correction facility before pursuing a successful career as a novelist—screen rights to this book have been picked up by Demi Moore—is at her best when describing the small details of prison life: the inmates' stra...

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