Largo, Fl (PressExposure) May 17, 2008 -- Janeology the new Kunati novel by Karen Harrington was inspired by the tragic story of a mentally ill Texas woman who drowned her five children in the bathtub. Harrington, a Texan, takes up the horrifying question of how a mother could be driven to kill her own child. Of equal importance is the question, why didnât someoneâthe husband in Janeâs caseââknowâ what she was capable of and stop her? The American Library Association's Booklist Magazine describes Janeology as "Beautifully written, compellingly crafted ... brilliant characters.â
Janeâs husband is charged with âfailure to protectâ when she is committed to a mental health facility. If found guilty, he will spend years in prison for his wifeâs crime. To defend him, his lawyer prepares a defence of bad genealogy: the premise is that women like Jane are predisposed to fail as mothers because they have inherited poor parenting skills from their own mothers and fathers. To build his case, he reveals that generations of Janeâs family, from her own parents and their parents before them, to her great grandparents, endured neglect and abuse and passed the bad parenting down to Jane.
âWeâve all read the stories in the news about parents who kill their children and weâve all asked, how could they do it? Why didnât someone prevent this tragedy?â said Kunati publisher Derek Armstrong. âKaren Harrington takes on these questions in a most original and fascinating way. Part legal thriller, part character study and part historical fiction, itâs a gripping story straight out of todayâs headlines.â
Janeology will release to extensive publicity in April of 2008 from Kunati Books, called a ânew publisher to watchâ by Booklist Magazine.
Kunati seeks out provocative and controversial fiction, as well as non-fiction that inspires and enlightens. The spring 2008 season includes a satire of the US military by a retired Navy Commander, two new medical thrillers, an inspiring story of a woman battling cancer and terrorized by a murderer, a unique literary crime novel, a techno-thriller thatâs been compared to the work of Phillip K. Dick, and an intelligent thriller about the search for the tomb of Jesus.