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Library Journal: "A pleasure to read, this lighthearted and humorous novel will appeal to those who enjoy literary and historical fiction."

Date: Sep 19 2007

Yoder, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author, takes a wonderfully readable look at what might have happened had fiction master Henry James and Sigmund Freud, a firm believer in the science of the mind, ever met. Horace Briscoe, James’s houseguest, witnesses their coming together and tries, when not distracted by an amusing love affair, to record the experience.  These observations are augmented by wonderfully readable letters from James to Edith Wharton and analysis notes written by Freud. While Yoder makes no attempt to historical accuracy regarding their meeting, he does a marvelous job of peppering the work with social commentary and literary allusion. A pleasure to read, this lighthearted and humorous novel will appeal to those who enjoy literary and historical fiction. Recommended for public libraries.