A good enough mother

Thomas, Bev (2019) A good enough mother. Faber & Faber, London. ISBN 978-0571348374

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Abstract

Ruth Hartland is the Director of a trauma therapy unit in London. A psychotherapist with years of experience, she is highly respected in her field. But her family life tells another story. Tom, her seventeen-year old son, has disappeared, and has had no contact with anyone for over two years. Ruth is grieving for her missing son while trying to understand his disappearance. Is he missing? Or dead? When Ruth is referred a disturbed patient, who bears a striking resemblance to her missing adult son, her grief and guilt compromise her work. With her professional boundaries skewed, events spiral out of control, culminating in a terrible act of violence. A dark and gripping novel about the complex dynamic between a patient and a therapist, and a look at the responsibility and limitations of motherhood.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fiction
Subjects: Cognitive Processes, Theory of Mind > Arts - Applied Psychology
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Patient/Therapist Interaction
Department/People: Tavistock Consultancy Service
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1990

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