Catherine Eisner’s fiction has appeared regularly in a number of UK literary journals, including Ambit and Mslexia. She is an Associate of the Royal College of Art; this, together with her interests in anthropology and design, reflects in her writings, which extend from a study of sex-attractant pheromones in literature, to researches into the little-known 19th Century shamanistic culture of the autonomous Russian republic of Mariy El
Masterful, darkly comic and unputdownably brilliant, this first novel by Catherine Eisner is an instant 21st-century classic. Sister Morphine tackles themes of suicidality, sibling murder, child abuse, morbid self-harm, guilt, jealousy, incest, drug addiction, infidelity, illegitimacy, obsessive compulsion, bereavement and a case of grand larceny in the second degree.
Eisner’s suite of women’s narratives is premised as confidential pages from the case notes of a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN), documenting neuroses and drug therapy interventions. These disturbing case histories, reconstituted as fictions by the CPN for reasons of legal privilege, explore the relationship between aberrant antisocial behaviour among women and the multifaceted, unpredictable side effects of psychoactive prescription drugs and their more bizarre manifestations as criminal behaviour.