From a Connecticut sanitarium, 24-year-old Betsy Scott tells her doctor a story about the destructive secrets in an outwardly successful family. Confusing love and sex, desire and fear, Betsy grows alienated, confused and desperate. She finally faces truths about herself and her family that enable her to move beyond them and into a new life. Since You Ask is about the origins of sexual compulsion, and the ways in which one young woman tries to overcome it.
Louise Wareham grew up in Manhattan and graduated from Columbia University. She has worked as a reporter in New York City, Oxford, Mississippi and New Zealand. Since You Ask was the winner of the James Jones Literary Society First Novel Award.
"The truly important novel, as Tolstoi so passionately averred, is the adventure of a question; and the question, most often, is unhappiness. Ranging inward to a psyche's unsettled relation to itself, and out into the wilderness of family and love, Louise Wareham's "Since You Ask" is a sustained and sustaining adventure, passionate as Tolstoi would approve. Reading this novel, I saw the substance (and substances) of unhappiness transformed into something even brighter than courage. This is a splendid debut." -- Donald Revell, author of "Arcady"
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 225
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Akashic Books,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.8 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27