They Don't Know Us Here
DeCarlo, Carolyn Cecelia
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To be human is to be shaped by memory: what is remembered, what is forgotten, and what lies quietly dormant. But what of the unique mind, for whom this balance is upset? The novella <italic>They Don't Know Us Here</italic> imagines a place where David Whelan experiences past and present on a continuous plane. Confined to Ward 12 of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., David's mind soars between life on the ward and memories from before his confinement. But when things change in the present, what is shaken loose in the past? Through looking both inward on David and out to the other men residing on the ward, <italic>They Don't Know Us Here</italic> explores what happens when unquiet minds are confined to bodies that rest.