A novel of passion and ambition based on the life of one of the most controversial scientists—and mothers—of the 20th century. Motherhood and psychology collide in this 1950s historical fiction based on the lives of behaviorist founder John B. Watson and his wife Rosalie Rayner.
The Watsons’ parenting book, PSYCHOLOGICAL CARE OF INFANT AND CHILD, which emphasized emotional detachment, sold millions of copies and affected the upbringings of generations of American children—but Rosalie, now a mother herself, had to confront its tenets personally.
With BEHAVE, Andromeda Romano-Lax offers a fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose lab work is now widely repudiated but who in her time was at the cutting edge of parenting psychology.
This novel is in turns moving and horrifying, a thought-provoking and page-turning read about the meaning of motherhood. By the author of THE SPANISH BOW and THE DETOUR.
Andromeda Romano-Lax is the author of the acclaimed historical novel THE SPANISH BOW, named one of the Best Books of 2007 by Library Journal and and Editor’s Choice Pick and a Booksense Pick.