By Dirk Wittenborn
An epic novel approximately family members secrets and techniques and the implications of ambition
William Friedrich, an formidable professor of psychology at Yale in 1952, has stumbled upon a drug that delivers happiness—and that may make him a recognized guy. whilst his test is going awry, and a learn topic commits homicide, the implications will hang-out him and his kinfolk endlessly.
Pharmakon is an epic novel, an invocation of the hunt for bliss, for romance, for kin, and all the betrayals that keep on with. We stick to the Friedrichs from the well-ordered suburban lifetime of postwar the United States in the course of the chaos and freedom of the counterculture, into the drug-fueled, media-crazed eighties and past. In William Friedrich, Wittenborn has outlined the archetypal American patriarch: a miracle employee and resource of power to all people other than these he loves the main. Pharmakon is additionally a layered, considerate seek in the back of the veil of psychopharmacology as we all know it today—a story not just of the implications of study, but additionally of the complicated personalities, appetites, and struggles that created it.
Honest, insightful, and ruefully humorous, Pharmakon captures formative moments of the 20th century, the quirks of an American relations, and may enthrall lovers of the novels of John Irving.