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The Good Patient

A Novel

Kristin Waterfield Duisberg

St. Martin's Griffin

Darien is a young woman who seems to have everything: a successful job, an adoring husband, and a bright future. She also has a tendency towards violent, self-destructive outbursts when she's alone. When her private life spirals out of control, her husband and her therapist desperately try to help her uncover her horrible secrets before she destroys herself. Unfortunately, she just as desperately tries to keep them hidden.

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From the inside out, these are my layers: bad, good, bad, good, and now--new--again bad. They attach beneath my skin, nested one inside the other like Matruschka dolls, anchored with a pin through each skull at the top. They ring like a bell, scream and peal, complain, when layers and outsides clash. Beneath the layers, there is nothing: unbounded emptiness like the equation of the universe inverted so that one equals zero.

I was born with just bad, in New York City in August, a twin, half dead, half orphaned. My mother told me the story once, in the hospital, how
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  • Kristin Waterfield Duisberg

  • KRISTIN WATERFIELD DUISBERG is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Creative Writing program at Boston University. This is her first book.
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Kristin Waterfield Duisberg

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