Kathleen Collins and Andrea Volpe discuss Study In Hysteria

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 7:00pm

Please join us for Kathleen Collins and Andrea Volpe's discussion of Study In Hysteria

Tuesday, June 4th at 7 PM


In the middle of 1974, Flora is privileged and middle-aged in a liberation-hued America, and feels both compelled by and left out of the women's movement. She finds it difficult to activate her limited supply of empathy as she contends with a clandestine and unlikely friendship, a worrisome health scare, a domineering and philandering psychiatrist husband or her own distant daughter.

Flora's secret foray into psychotherapy does nothing to halt the sense that there is a better life for her somewhere else, in some parallel existence. Through the continuum of psychological diagnoses, she is lost in the murky place between contentment and discontentment, normal and abnormal.

Is her state of mind a clinical, diagnosable condition, or common malaise? Perhaps she'll find out if she stops resisting to share herself with those who love her.


Kathleen Collins’s nonfiction books include Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking ShowsDr. Joyce Brothers: The Founding Mother of TV Psychology, and a memoir, From Rabbit Ears to the Rabbit Hole: A Life with Television. She is a professor and librarian at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She lived and worked in Boston, Somerville and Cambridge from 1987-1995. Study in Hysteria is her first novel. 


Event address: 
79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478
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Study in Hysteria By Kathleen Collins Cover Image
ISBN: 9783988320438
Availability: Available from Warehouse
(This book cannot be returned. Please make sure it's what you want before ordering.)
Published: Vine Leaves Press - February 13th, 2024

"A heartbreakingly beautiful debut." Sandra A. Miller, author of Wednesdays at One

Age Group(s): 
Adult (19 - Boomer)