A Forest of Feathers Author:Peggy Hoffmann "This poignant novel quickly and wholly creates a precarious person in a threatening world. In spite of heartbreak it is an assertion of life, and all the more an assertion because so much is in the way. I don't see how anyone can read it without emotion, and I hope it will have the host of readers it deserves." — ~ Walter Havighurst — Most nov... more »els about hospitals for the mentally ill have stressed the dreadful world in which the patients live. In its understanding of the many difficulties of both patients and staff in such an institution, Peggy Hoffman's novel on this problem is unusually preceptive; it is not grim.
There are few novels that portray with such sensitive understanding the troubled mind and heart of a girl as she tells her story with honesty, imagination, and bitter humor.
This girl, who never reveals her name, is literally unforgettable. One experiences with her the kindness and bafflement of those who have to deal with her, and one realizes vividly her unhappiness and joy, her religious doubts, and her desperate search for love.« less