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Interweaving fact and fiction, The Boy Who Took Marilyn to the Prom tells the story of Robbie—the son of Marilyn Monroe’s last psychiatrist—who took her to his high school prom and was never able to let go of the memory. Now an adult and psychiatrist himself, Robbie's childhood feelings are reawakened when he begins working with a patient who reminds him of Marilyn, sparking an obssession with her.
In 1961, a year before her death, Marilyn Monroe's last psychiatrist invited her into his home in a desperate attempt to save the actress by giving her a family she never had. One evening over dinner, the doctor suggests that his son, Robbie, take the actress to his senior prom at Hollywood High School—an experience Marilyn missed because she never finished school. She was 35—looking no older than a college coed—and the boy was 17. That night haunts Robbie until 2007 when he takes on a patient who reminds him of Marilyn, and he becomes sexually obsessed with her, culminating with the two beginning a transgressive affair.
Henry Massie is a writer and psychiatrist who lives in Berkeley, California. He is the author of the biography Art of a Jewish Woman: Felice's Worlds, and coauthor of Lives Across Time, a study of emotional health and illness. He is also coauthor of "My Life Is a Longing," the classic 2006 International Journal of Psychoanalysis article on child abuse, and author of many other articles in professional journals. This is his second novel.
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