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    Oprah's Book Club pick

    Number one New York Times best seller

    One of the New York Times Top 10 Books of the Year

    One of the Wall Street Journal Top 10 Books of the Year

    Named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Time, Slate, Smithsonian, The New York Post, and Amazon

    The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with 12 children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

    Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their 12 children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins - aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony - and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the 10 Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family? 

    What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations. 

    With clarity and compassion, best-selling and award-winning author Robert Kolker uncovers one family's unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope.

    ©2020 Robert Kolker (P)2020 Random House Audio

    Kritikerstimmen

    “A marvel of reportage, research, and style, Hidden Valley Road raises the bar on what is possible in narrative nonfiction. Robert Kolker dives into the exceptional story of one family besieged by humanity’s most mysterious malady. Kolker writes about the Galvin family with elegance and insight while weaving together the decades long quest to understand the genetics of schizophrenia, somehow creating a story that is as haunting and intriguing as a great gothic novel. This book is a triumph, an unforgettable story that you should read right now.” (Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire and The Great Pretender)

    Hidden Valley Road contains everything: scientific intrigue, meticulous reporting, startling revelations, and, most of all, a profound sense of humanity. It is that rare book that can be read again and again.” (David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon)

    “An extraordinary case study and tour de force of reporting.” (Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind)

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    Eine tragische und fesselnde Geschichte

    Die Geschichte der Familie und ihrer einzelnen Mitglieder wurde auf beeindruckende Weise mit der Geschichte der Erforschung der Schizophrenie verknüpft. An manchen Stellen hätte ich das Hörbuch am liebsten abgebrochen, weil die Geschichte schwer zu ertragen war, aber es hat sich gelohnt, bis zum Schluss durchzuhalten. Berührend erzählt und toll gelesen.