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Writer Irene Vilar on Three Generations of Troubled Women

Vilar's memoir "A Message from God in the Atomic Age" chronicles three generations of self-destructive behavior: in 1954, her grandmother was imprisoned for opening fire at the U.S. House of Representatives; in 1977, her mother leapt to her death from a speeding car; and in 1988, Vilar herself was committed to a psychiatric hospital after attempting suicide. Alternating between her notes from the psychiatric ward and the chronicling of the history of her family, Vilar tells of her own attempts to come to terms with her family history.


Other segments from the episode on August 6, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 6, 1996: Interview with Irene Vilar; Commentary on I.K. Dairo; Interview with Edward Tenner; Review of the television show "P.O.V.'


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