- Title: Saints of Camarillo: Inside California’s Infamous State Hospital
- Author: Dovie Ruth
- Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
- Length: 284 pages
- Publisher: Courtney & Chenille
- Publication Date: April 21, 2017
Saints of Camarillo: Inside California’s Infamous State Hospital – Synopsis
Aspiring therapists, counselors, and mental health professionals must first submit to their own analysis, regardless of the demons that are sure to be uncovered. Saints of Camarillo explores the hearts and souls of those who served at one of the largest, most progressive, but notorious mental asylums in the world. A veiled memoir as told through the eyes of a psychology intern at Camarillo State Hospital in the 1970s. A riveting tale with unforgettable characters. Intimate, raw, and unapologetic.
About the Author
Born into a family with a penchant for teaching, an austere respect of educators was fostered in Dovie, second only to a fear of God. Children were expected to be compliant and silent about family matters. Questions were met with stinging consequences.
Dovie took solace in her pen — even with the knowledge that her journal would be breached periodically and read aloud to the family.
But nothing stopped Dovie’s quill from dissecting the guarded veils of family life, the hidden stories that swam in academic fishbowls, and the nature of God. Fueled by the transgressive examples of Sylvia Plath, Ken Kesey, Shirley Jackson, and John Steinbeck, Dovie has inked her observations about courage, mental illness, disabilities, alternative lifestyles, the dark side of academia, and the baffling fit of traditional religions in the modern world.
The subject matter might be heady, but Dovie Ruth’s story is delivered in a lively, juicy, provocative tone that leaves the reader questioning the status quo.
Dovie has a Bachelors degree in psychology with a minor in design and illustration. She has also completed a Masters degree in special education. Professionally, she has worked as a social worker, an administrator of residential care homes for the developmentally disabled, and as a special education teacher. She is the author of a professional manual in special education that is often quoted in the dissertations of doctoral students. Saints of Camarillo is her first work of fiction. There will be many more to come!