The Illness Lesson

Clare Beams powerfully explores the nature of susceptibility, manipulation and authority, as well as the strength of the feminine mind and body.

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Review of ‘The Illness Lesson’

In the verdant Massachusetts countryside, the latest of Samuel Hood’s grand philosophical experiments at Birch Hill is underway. It’s 1871, and a school for the true instruction of girls—“the training of intellects and souls, hearts and minds”—is a novel undertaking. Intending to give young ladies more to do than embroider and play the piano, Samuel…

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