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Book Title: For Their Own Good|
The author of the book: Bradette Michel
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Edition: Harvard Squard Editions
Date of issue: June 15th 2015
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Bradette Michel’s debut novel reveals the murky, often terrifying world of nineteenth century insane asylums. Inspired by true events, For Their Own Good begins in 1857 when New York physician, Adam Fletcher leaves his familiar existence in the east to take the position of medical doctor at the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane. Almost immediately, Adam realizes his observations do not match Superintendent McFarland’s arrogant descriptions of the institution’s innovative treatment practices.
“Dr. McFarland told us we were the only ones who could cure the unfortunates under our care. Our benevolent kindness would lead them to sanity. At first I believed him, but it was not long before I learned of unspeakable acts committed on those lost souls.”
—For Their Own Good
Adam’s loyalty to Dr. McFarland is tested by the plight of four female patients committed to the asylum as a result their families’ selfish interests. Mrs. Packard, locked up by her pastor husband for her religious beliefs and isolated from her family by Dr. McFarland, implores Adam to get word of her situation to the outside. Mrs. Jenkins, recovering from a breakdown after the death of her husband, seeks Adam’s help to protect Georgia, a child deserted in the asylum and mistreated by the staff. Pearl, a prostitute, begs Adam to bring news of her daughter, who has been abandoned in a local brothel. Adam is most disturbed by the repeated rapes of Angelique, a lesbian. Dr. McFarland condones the assaults as treatment for her sexual inversion.
The heroic actions of Adam and these extraordinary women take place against the backdrop of a society with no room for women who challenge the existing order. For Their Own Good’s characters fight against almost insurmountable odds for the lives they deserve.
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Read information about the authorLike most of her characters, Bradette Michel grew up in a small town in the Midwest. She loves to read and write stories about people who overcome forces that try to control them, probably because she has a bit of an authority problem.
Bradette flirted with writing fiction for years, creating a rogue short story now and then while trying to make a living. She didn’t realize it at the time, but as a counselor, teacher, and trainer she was learning a lot about human behavior, which she now connects with her dark imagination to create plots and characters. Oh, yes, her degrees in psychology and human development counseling help too.
Her decision to tell stories unbound by the truth has resulted in the 2015 publication of her debut novel, For Their Own Good, which won second in the Florida Writers Association’s 2013 Royal Palm Literary Awards historical fiction category. Her short story, The Last Ride, was published in FWA’s 2012 Short Story Collection #4—My Wheels. She won second place in FWA’s 2012 Royal Palm Literary Awards novella category for Solitary. A published non-fiction author of Supervising Young Offenders, she has authored several online courses.
Bradette and her husband Mike live in south Florida.
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