Dark, Drastic, Divided

by Rachel Baker on December 24, 2007

Charlotte Bacon’s third novel, Split Estate (Reviews, Nov. 26), examines the after-effects of suicide on a woman’s family. The inspiration for Split Estate was a wave of women’s suicides in New York City during the 1970s. How did these events engender the plot for a novel? I’ve known several people whose parents killed themselves, and have been struck at the devastation …

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