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Lucy Daniels

As the child of a wealthy newspaper family (owners of the Raleigh News & Observer), Lucy Daniels was emotionally deprived by her demanding parents and plagued by her own feelings of inadequacy. Sent to a mental hospital for treatment for her anorexia, she spent years enduring brutal regimens of electroshock therapy, insulin injections and force-feedings. It was during this time that she wrote Caleb, My Son, which went on to become a national bestseller when the author was only 22, and earned accolades for its portrayal of racial and generational conflict in the South in the '50s. Later Daniels went on to become a clinical psychologist. During this time she examined how to treat emotional problems that were causing a bad case of writer's block. In With a Woman's Voice: A Writer's Struggle for Emotional Freedom, Daniels shares the experience of overcoming emotional hardship and gaining valuable insights from them through psychoanalysis. Hear her read from and discuss the book at Quail Ridge Books on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Call 828-1588 for details.

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