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Announcing my new book!
The Fading of Kimberly by Kit Crumpton
Kimberly, a beautiful narcissist, commits a murder of passion and ends up in an insane asylum. Her father agrees with the doctor’s recommendation for her lobotomy. Riley Natch is a criminal psychopath whose heinous crimes lands him in the same institution. When Kimberly was a child, she had watched one of Riley’s murders. Eddie Fisk, a hospital assistant working in the asylum, knows both patients and is drawn into their circumstances to his own demise. This historical novel is set in the early twentieth century at Elgin State Mental Hospital. The director and hospital doctors struggle in providing care for those they believe can be cured amongst those who are forever dependent upon the hospital’s care.
Publish Date in August 2018
Review comment - The truly fascinating theme of The Fading of Kimberly is the psychological perceptions, theories and practices of the time – and how they dramatically affected, or could affect the lives of patients, their families, and the medical community at large. Then we have the multi-faceted social views, and medical views, that supported, explored mental illness, yet also denied it existed.
This was also a powerful theme in The Fading of Lloyd, but it had just begun – with tragic, heartbreaking consequences. The Fading of Kimberly is in the same time-frame but goes further into the disgusting and destructive medical choices that were made with Kimberly – another character who could be perceived as an ‘innocent’.
- Maria D'Marco