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The Anvil
'The Anvil' is a novel about a teenaged girl named Clare who is put into a program of psychological therapy in Toronto during the 1970s, and it relates the process by which her character is violently forged. The novel is in three sections. The first section is a flashback of Clare's decline, sandwiched between scenes of the waiting room in the psychiatric institution. Chapters on her home life alternate with chapters on the private school where she s...