Repossessing Ernestine

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In the 1920s in Memphis, Tennessee, Ernestine Hunt seemed to have a bright future. Yet she was to spend over 50 years in mental institutions before her granddaughter Marsha Hunt discovered she was still alive. In an effort to find answers to the mysteries of her grandmother's past and to restore dignity to her remaining years, Marsha became caught up in her father's family. Travelling to the Deep South, visiting her grandfather's home and friends, battling for hospital and legal records, she turned over secrets and inconsistencies that others might have prefered to remain hidden.

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At the beginning of the 1920s in Memphis, Tennessee, Ernestine Hunt's future seemed bright – young, pretty, intelligent, recently married and now with three healthy sons. Yet she was to spend over fifty years in a mental institution before her granddaughter, the actress and writer Marsha Hunt, discovered she was still alive.

Hunt's search for her grandmother's history became a quest not just for the soul of a woman but of a family, a race and a nation.

"No anger over the wrongs of the past could be as eloquent as this cool truth-telling. Let this book get a grip on you – you won't regret it"
JILL PATON WALSH, 'Sunday Express'

"An amazing story, full of twists and turns, Dickensian coincidences and discoveries… The strength of this powerful, vividly written narrative lies in Hunt's detached control of her anger, her despair, her hope."
EILEEN BATTERBY, 'Irish Times'

"'Repossessing Ernestine' touches a strange, powerful, painful chord in this century of the displaced and dispossessed. It invokes a whole world of shadows"
HILARY SPURLING, 'Daily Telegraph'

"Affecting, sometimes harrowing… unpretentious and all the more powerful for its plainness, 'Repossessing Ernestine's' strongest sub-text is that extreme suffering is incommunicable"
ADAM LIVELY, 'Times Literary Supplement'

About the Author:

Marsha Hunt was born in 1946 and grew up in Philadelphia. She studied at the University of California in Berkeley during the student riots of the 1960s but soon left for Europe.

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