In his #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, Robert Kolker uncovers one family’s unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope.
Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins–aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony–and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family?
Mr. Kolker will be in conversation with FAN favorite Andrew Solomon, Ph.D., a writer and lecturer on politics, culture, and psychology; a professor of clinical medical psychology at Columbia University Medical Center; and the former president of PEN America. Prof. Solomon is the author of several books, among them Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a paperback copy of Hidden Valley Road from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Mr. Kolker and Prof. Solomon that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/robert-kolker-conversation-andrew-solomon-hidden-valley-road-inside-mind-american-family-fan
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