Victoria Arendt at the Learned Owl [7/10]

Join us as we host Victoria Arendt on July 10th from 1-3pm as she signs her new book, Broken Pencils.

 

Based on true events, Broken Pencils tells the story of Ruth who, in 1934, gives birth to a severely handicapped son. Whispers of disgrace and shame swirl in the community as she desperately tries to teach him to be normal. Her embarrassed husband is unsupportive and her mother pressures her to place him into the Insane Asylum. Fearful for his safety, she resists their demands and cares for him at home. As her son grows and her family expands, feeding, bathing and changing him become increasingly difficult. Reluctantly, she considers the Insane Asylum, until a 1946 Life Magazine article appears, documenting mistreatments, assaults, and massive underfunding of the asylum system. At sixteen, her son's strength is that of a man and she loses the battle to care for him. He is placed in the Insane Asylum where she witnesses barbaric conditions and inhumane atrocities.

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Saturday, July 10, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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204 N. Main St.
Hudson, OH 44236
Broken Pencils Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781734633177
Availability: Usually Arrives in 3-5 Days
Published: Victoria Arendt - August 11th, 2020

In 1934, Ruth, a young housewife, gives birth to a severely handicapped son. Whispers of disgrace and shame swirl in the community as she desperately tries to teach him to be normal. Her embarrassed husband is unsupportive and her mother pressures her to place him into the Insane Asylum. Fearful for his safety, she resists their demands and cares for him at home.


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