|Plot Summary of Riven Rock|
This is the novelized story of Stanley McCormack, heir to the McCormack Reaper Co. fortune, and his high society wife Katherine. McCormack suffered from schizophrenia, a family disorder which sent his sister to Riven Rock, a private sanitarium the family built for her care when she became unmanageable. Stanley's own illness first appears when he is a very young man in Paris, doing the Grand Tour common in wealthy families. Although Stanley becomes the richest man in the U.S. when his father dies, there was no cure nor treatment for mental illnesses (c. 1900), and the best his mother can do is hire paid "companions" to stay with him at all times.
When Stanley is about 30, he meets Katherine, a wealthy and educated young woman from an Old Line family, quite high in society. Not understanding how serious his illness really is, she falls in love with the tall and handsome young man and marries him though his mother does everything possible to stop the marriage. On their wedding night, Katherine gets her first taste of the horrors to come when Stanley loses control and attacks her.
The book covers the entire period of their marriage, about four decades, during which they try one crackpot cure after another. There is also a subplot revolving around a young Irishman, and his own problems with prejudice.
This synopsis report prepared by Laura Adamson
|Chapter Analysis of Riven Rock|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Time/era of story
Family, caring for ill
Who is sick?
because he/she is
- mentally ill
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- long lived adults
- White (American)
- Mentally ill
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- fancy mansion
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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