Saul Dubinsky, a sensitive, shy psychiatrist, was living a dual
life. Following the attempted suicide of one of his patients, the
dedicated young doctor turned to drugs. When he's arrested on
criminal charges, his wife and his father are left to figure out
how things went so wrong and why they were blind to the pain of the
man they both love.
Saul's emotionally remote wife, Rena, confronts the failures of
their marriage and, for the first time, faces her shame about her
fatherless, hardscrabble past. Saul's father, Leonard, who'd long
ago given up practicing psychiatry, blames himself for his son's
breakdown. He finds that he can no longer escape the memory of the
troubled patient who changed the course of his own career nor deny
his complicity in his wife's illness. As Rena and Leonard each
grapple with the impact of Saul's arrest, they are drawn closer
together-and a delicate transformation begins to occur in each of
This is an immensely satisfying and ultimately triumphant story
abouat the precarious balance within a family and about the
unconscious ways in which we affect the lives of those we love
most. Full of wisdom and insight, A PRIVATE SORCERY marks the debut
of a talented writer.
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