The Reconstructionist by Josephine Hart

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In an elegant world which seems stable and assured, in which both the money and social setting seem secure, the surface in this spellbinding fiction by Josephine Hart betrays the truth. Appropriately, Jack is a psychiatrist, dedicated to others, to the examination of other people's pasts and the reconstruction of their lives; he has so absorbed himself in the problems of others, that he has not quite come to grips with his own, to the detriment of his marriage and his own unexamined past.

When he and his sister Kate are summoned to Ireland for the sale of the family home, the burdens of the family's heritage return in full force. Though he thinks he has successfully suppressed the anguish of his past, the present threatens to unravel around him. In the house in Ireland terrible truths emerge about what happened years ago in a family tragedy that left indelible marks. The facts may have been reconstructed many times, but the appalling truth has not. The Reconstructionist is a remarkable novel of startling psychological power about the reckless quality of exclusive love, about the damage done in families, and about the way we build our lives from fragments of memory, half- truths, compromise, and desire. This is Josephine Hart at the top of her form.
 

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Josephine Hart is the author of the bestseller Damage. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. She lives in London.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by CHATTO WINDUS. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But Kate, evidently, is unstable, so much so that brother Jack has sacrificed his adulthood (manhood?) in keeping her from “sinking.” What is the parental drama involving their childhood estate at Malamore, Ireland, that the siblings continue to reenact and that involves dancing silently naked to...

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Jack and Kate's smart-set lifestyle threatens to unravel when the family estate suddenly comes up for sale at the same time as Jack's ex-wife suffers a heart attack and Kate's impending marriage plans bring her to the brink of nervous collapse.

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