Afterimages: A Family Memoir

Born several weeks after parents' arrival in the United States, Carol Ascher came of age in Topeka, Kansas, where her father, a Vienna-trained lay analyst, found work among the group of refugee clinicians recruited there for the Menninger Clinic. Growing up, Ascher's challenge was to reconcile the Midwestern views of her community, the irrepressible optimism of her mother and her mother's tendency to romanticise her Berlin childhood; and the more sardonic views of her father and his highly cultured emigre circle for whom memory was both illness and cure.