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Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press

On the Couch

Great American Stories About Therapy

by Erica Kates

“Eavesdrop on the therapeutic process as eighteen world-class storytellers take the reader into the charged space between patient and analyst.” –Elle

  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Page Count 400
  • Publication Date March 22, 1999
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8711-3740-1
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $17.00

About The Book

There is perhaps nothing more quintessentially twentieth century than therapy, a process that explores the depths of the psyche and the seemingly mundane, intimate dramas of everyday life. On the Couch eavesdrops on the therapeutic process as some of America’s best-known writers take the reader into the charged and sacred space between patient and analyst. On the Couch provides nineteen separate windows into this intensely private experience. From the heroine in Lorrie Moore’s “If Only Bert Were Here,” who can, hilariously, barely keep straight the twisted lies she tells her therapist about her romantic entanglements, these stories examine not only therapy, but the problems of love, loss, lies, dependence, and limitations.

Includes:

Lorrie Moore, “If Only Bert Were Here”
Peter Collier, “Transference”
Rebecca Lee, ‘slatland”
Charles Baxter, ‘surprised by Joy”
Francine Prose, “Imaginary Problems’
Lawrence Block, “Keller’s Therapy”
Stephen McCauley, “The Whole Truth”
Martha McPhee, “The Gentleman”
John Updike, “The Fairy Godfathers’
Lynne Sharon Schwartz, “The Age of Analysis’
James Gorman, “Crazy for Loving You”
Jonathan Baumbach, “The Psychopathology of Everyday Life”
Steven Barthelme, ‘samaritan”
Frank Conroy, “The Mysterious Case of R”
Amy Bloom, “Psychoanalysis Changed My Life”
Donald Barthelme, “Basil from her Garden”
Barbara Lawrence, “The Patient”
Daniel Menaker, “I’m Rubber, You’re Glue”
Daniel Menaker, “Influenza”

Praise

“Eavesdrop on the therapeutic process as eighteen world-class storytellers take the reader into the charged space between patient and analyst.” –Elle

“A superb gathering of intelligent, often moving tales.” –Kirkus Reviews