Year: 1980 Source: New York: Doubleday, 1980. 273p. SIEC No: 19871039

The life studies of children presented by the author are linked by one condition: all have “secrets” that they cannot share with anyone outside–& sometimes inside–the family. Part V, subtitled “The Myth of Normalcy,” demonstrates the adverse effect that insistence on denial or secrecy has on affected children. In one life study, a father’s suicide is kept secret; in another, the father’s mental illness & hospitalization is denied. 273 pages. (NBB)