Pharmakon, Or The Story Of A Happy Family: A Novel by Dirk WittenbornPharmakon, Or The Story Of A Happy Family: A Novel by Dirk Wittenborn

Pharmakon, Or The Story Of A Happy Family: A Novel

byDirk Wittenborn

Paperback | June 30, 2009

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An honest, insightful , and ruefully funny look at the fate of one American family vis-à-vis the rise of modern psychopharmacology, Pharmakon, or The Story of a Happy Family is nothing less than a contemporary epic. The novel follows William Friedrich, an ambitious professor of psychology at Yale in the early 1950s, who has stumbled upon a drug that promises happiness to those who ingest it and fame and fortune to the man who can synthesize it. But when a brilliant and troubled research subject commits murder, the consequences will haunt Friedrich and his family for years to come.
Dirk Wittenborn is a novelist and screenwriter whose books have been published in more than a dozen countries. He is the Emmy-nominated producer of the HBO documentary Born Rich and the coauthor and coproducer of The Lucky Ones, a feature film about American soldiers returning from Iraq. He lives in New York City.
Title:Pharmakon, Or The Story Of A Happy Family: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.88 inPublished:June 30, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143115677

ISBN - 13:9780143115670

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"A smart, eccentric coming-of-age story about an entire culture's maturation process." -Janet Maslin, The New York Times " A rattling good tale . . . Wittenborn describes the mind of a cracked genius with great gusto and inventiveness . . . [Pharmakon's] pleasures are many." -The New York Times Book Review "Epically entertaining." -Vogue " John Irving is a benevolent influence on Wittenborn's work." -The Times Literary Supplement "No one who has ever been part of a family can fail to feel pangs of recognition." -Jay McInerney "A fascinating portrait of a family living on the edge." -Richard Price