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LitAnalysis: Reading Fiction with Freud

Discuss contemporary fiction with insight from professional psychoanalysts from the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. All are welcome. Discussions are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

This group meets the 1st Saturday of the month at 2:00 PM in the Director's Conference Room at the Main Library in Oakland.

Upcoming Discussions:

This group is on hiatus until Spring 2015.

Previous Discussions 2014:

March 1, 2014
Richard Russo
Empire Falls
Miles Roby tries to hold his family together while working at the Empire Grill in the once-successful logging town of Empire Falls, Maine, with his partner, Mrs. Whiting, who is the heir to a faded logging and textile legacy.

 
April 5, 2014
Claire Messud
The Woman Upstairs
Relegated to the status of schoolteacher and friendly neighbor after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the child's family until his artist mother's careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.

 
May 3, 2014
Karen Joy Fowler
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Coming of age in middle America, 18-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.

 
June 7, 2014
Herman Koch
The Dinner
Meeting at an Amsterdam restaurant for dinner, two couples move from small talk to the wrenching shared challenge of their teenage sons' act of violence that has triggered a police investigation and revealed the extent to which each family will go to protect those they love.

 

Previous Discussions 2013:

March 23, 2013
Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises.

 
April 27, 2013
Eleanor Henderson
Ten Thousand Saints
When his best friend Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude Keffy-Horn finds his relationship with drugs and his parents devolving into the extreme when he gets caught up in an underground youth culture known as straight edge.

 
May 25, 2013
Michael Ondaatje
The Cat's Table
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. Looking back from adulthood, the narrator relates a tale about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a sea voyage.

 
June 22, 2013
Erin Morgenstern
Night Circus
A fierce competition is underway, a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

 

Previous Discussions 2012:

March 24, 2012
Jonathan Safran Foer
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind.
Dicussion will be led by Dr. Fischetti.

 
April 28, 2012
Chris Cleave
Little Bee
Presents a tale of a precarious friendship between an illegal Nigerian refugee and a recent widow from suburban London, a story told from the alternating and disparate perspectives of both women.
Dicussion will be led by Matt Markon, JD, LCSW.

 
May 26, 2012
Emma Donoghue
Room
A 5-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager.
Dicussion will be led by Dr. Irwin.

 
June 23, 2012
Tea Obreht
The Tiger's Wife
Struggling to understand why her beloved grandfather left his family to die alone in a field hospital far from home, a young doctor in a war-torn Balkan country takes over her grandfather's search for a mythical ageless vagabond while referring to a worn copy of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.
Dicussion will be led by Dr. Fischetti.

 

Book Group Discussion Leader:
Mario Fischetti, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice specializing in psychoanalytic psychotherapies and psychoanalysis for alcohol and drug involved persons and their families. As a faculty member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, he has taught a course called, "Freudian Theory and the History of Psychoanalysis," to psychoanalysts-in-training. He is also a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School.


The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is an accredited nonprofit educational organization that provides quality training and continuing education in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy. The PPC serves as a resource to the community through education, consultation, and outreach programs.