An Extremely Abusive Family Secret

Pages in the Wind by Sally De Smet begins in jail. Emily Quinn murdered her father and is in pretrial confinement awaiting an evaluation by Dr. Lieberman, a state hired-psychiatrist. In a series of meetings, Emily will undergo hypnosis as Dr. Lieberman takes Emily back in time as far as she can remember in an attempt to find any factors in her past that can be used in the mitigation phase of the trial. Results of Emily’s treatment will determine the exact charges to be filed and, ultimately, the amount of prison time she will serve. Dr. Lieberman has another, more humanitarian and personal goal. He believes that Emily is broken but can be fixed. She will be able to lead a “normal” life if she can come to a self-realization of who she is and why she acted in ways she did throughout her life. This includes her family relationships, romantic relationships, and social relationships in general, such as at school. From the beginning of the novel, Emily cannot remember clearly the events surrounding the killing of her father but everyone, including her, accepts the fact that she did it.

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