Star Tribune reviews Thirty Rooms to Hide In

A brilliant surgeon created a private hell at home for his family in this memoir of 1950s and '60s Rochester.

Sullivan_Thirty coverNot many children would joke about requesting "fifteen minutes for rebuttal" on the way to their father's funeral, but for the six Sullivan brothers it was this kind of gallows humor that helped them endure their childhood with their brutally cruel and desperately sick father. As the boys pulled up to the First Methodist Church in Rochester, Minn., that hot July morning in 1966, they held back their laughter, and then their tears, as their father's Mayo Clinic colleagues paid their respects to Dr. Roger Sullivan, the 45-year-old father, husband and surgeon whose life had so fatally spun out of control.

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Published in: Star Tribune
By: Meganne Fabrega