Analyzing the Prescotts
by Dawn Reno Langley
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Pub Date 04 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 29 Jan 2024
The heart-wrenching tale of a family in crisis and the therapist who makes the tough decision to save herself.
Every member of the Prescott family struggles with identity issues when the father, Hailey Prescott, leaves the family to live life as a woman, sending them all tumbling into emotions so violent they threaten to tear the family fabric to shreds. When Dr. Cotton Barnes, a happily married psychologist from Raleigh, North Carolina, signs on to treat the family, she is challenged to the edges of her own fragile boundaries as cracks in the veneer of the Prescotts' lives become craters.
The family members relate their stories in their chosen voices, each narrative in a different format. Marcus, the youngest, speaks to Cotton through his avatars; Gray, the mother, distances herself by referring to herself in the third person; the oldest child, Janis-a self-avowed loner-uses a defunct social media app; while the middle child, Cheryl, tries to keep everyone personally happy in person; and Hailey, the novelist father, hides behind her journals.
The Prescotts take turns breaking down and breaking through a roller coaster of emotions that mirrors what's happening in the Raleigh area: a series of LGBTQ+ hate crimes rocks the community to its core. Telling herself she must save them, Cotton stalks the family, but when Hailey Prescott becomes the latest victim of brutality, Cotton is forced to make a decision that will determine whether she saves her own marriage or the Prescotts. Or herself.
Analyzing the Prescotts is the latest from Dawn Reno Langley, a novelist who Foreword Reviews says writes with "authority and fine craftsmanship."
A Note From the Publisher
"Analyzing the Prescotts is the heart-wrenching tale of a family in crisis and the therapist who makes the tough decision to save herself." -Marcia King-Gamble, national bestselling author of Shattered Images
"Langley's Analyzing the Prescotts is a delicately nuanced story of a therapist counseling a family in trauma, who finds her own professional objectivity gradually shifting into obsession." -Nancy Christie, author of Reinventing Rita
"Analyzing the Prescotts is a skillful and moving portrayal of family trauma, secrets, and unraveling grace. Dawn Reno Langley offers a profoundly tender and delicate balancing act examining the burden of family truths and the weight of witness." -Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate