Pharmakon, or The Story of a Happy Family A Novel

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-30
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
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An honest, insightful , and ruefully funny look at the fate of one American family vis--vis the rise of modern psychopharmacology, Pharmakon, or The Story of a Happy Familyis 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.

Author Biography

Dirk Wittenborn is a novelist and screenwriter whose two previous novels, Zoe and Fierce People, have been published in more than a dozen countries.

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