Webster, Brenda. Vienna Triangle. Wings. 2009. 228p. ISBN 978-0-916727-50-5. pap. $16.95. F
Verdict: Webster effectively uses her knowledge of psychology, also displayed in her memoir The Last Good Freudian, to tell an intriguing story. Good for large collections.
Background: While vacationing on Cape Cod in the summer of 1968, Kate Berg’s mother, Emily, twists her ankle. She is assisted by Helene Deutch, a disciple of Sigmund Freud; Kate is working on a study of female psychologists, so this accident provides a golden opportunity. With Helene’s help, Kate uncovers the mystery of her grandfather—her grandmother was in Vienna during Freud’s time—but the intrigue involving Sigmund Freud and disciples Helene, Viktor Tausk, and Lou Andreas-Salomé create another mystery. Kate finds that while having an affair with Tausk, Andreas-Salomé regularly met with Freud, making both men suspicious. To understand what else happened, Kate must unravel the complex web of relationships in Vienna.
—Josh Cohen, Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst., Poughkeepsie, NY
Causes Brenda Webster Supports
Doctors Without Borders
The Nature Conservancy
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