This debut literary novel is a madcap romp, a dark comedy which stands psychiatry on its head, has a party scene to rival the Mad Hatter's, and then, in a tour de force, performs the historic function of the novel: bringing news, in this instance, a rigorously-argued original theory of the mind.
Two unlikely protagonists, a serious, somewhat pompous professor of psychiatry and a brilliant-but-unsound student, are thrust together in a disaster zone. They encounter a host of supporting characters—twin sideshow fat ladies, squabbling philosophers, an escape artist, and other unusual, zany persons.
The author, herself a psychiatrist, writes in the spare and elegant style of her first book, Philosophie Thinly Clothed and other stories, Cadmus Editions 2003, which received favorable critical attention.
A novel by Heather Folsom
Cover illustration by A. Shapiro
Technical design by Nina Krebs
Line illustrations by Colleen Dwire
First edition January 2004
200 pages, 5¼" x 8¼"
About the Book
Many novels fit neatly into expectations, while some force readers to re-examine their expectations and engage the book within the limits the author has set for it. Heather Folsom's novel, Hypohypothesis, a novel of ideas that rejects many of the often-used conventions of commercial fiction, is definitely the latter type of book . . .
Though Folsom's writing is minimilist, her deft characterization and ironic dialogue within a plot more similar to theater of the absurd than to realism prove to be real storytelling strengths . . .
In Hypohypothesis, Folsom has written a novel that breaks from the conventions of commercial fiction to offer a unique, witty, and even enlightening read.
— Timothy Welch
RAIN TAXI REVIEW OF BOOKS
Hypohypothesis is a unique novel deftly written by Heather Folsom, who draws upon her expertise and experience as a practicing psychiatrist to integrate an original theory of the human mind into an engaging tale . . .
Hypohypothesis is a superbly written and original story that documents Heather Folsom as a gifted author who will leave her readers looking eagerly toward her next foray into fiction.
THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW