This powerful tale takes readers on a harrowing, unforgettable journey into the nightmare of parental abuse and the darkness of mental illness. Written by a woman who endured horrendous abuse from her mother and became a split personality by the age of five, here is the story of her agonizing childhood, the conflicting personalties, and struggle ...
This powerful tale takes readers on a harrowing, unforgettable journey into the nightmare of parental abuse and the darkness of mental illness. Written by a woman who endured horrendous abuse from her mother and became a split personality by the age of five, here is the story of her agonizing childhood, the conflicting personalties, and struggle back to sanity.
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Publishers Weekly, 1995-01-09 This account of multiple personality disorder and child abuse is intensely moving, exhausting and powerful. When the author was three, her German mother, Gisela, an ardent Nazi who moved to Southern California in 1936, began to torture herŠknifing and burning Marcia's flesh, mutilating her genitals and locking her in a closet for hours while Marcia's father, Frank, a German-Jewish immigrant lawyer, was at work. Marcia Cameron (a pseudonym) split into multiple selvesŠpromiscuous, reckless Emily; thumb-sucking Sunshine, an eternal six-year-old; Sophie, a loving Jewish mother; Camille, a blind girl; condescending, four-times-baptized Muriel; and Joey, an angry, food-obsessed Jewish boy. When Marcia, at 13, told her father about Gisela's abuse, he left his wife, taking Marcia and her two brothers with him. A year later, Frank died and Marcia returned to her mother. At 18, spinal meningitis and a coma led to speech and motor impairment, and Marcia was raped several times while hospitalized. Although she eventually married and had a son and daughter, her life was punctuated by dissociative episodes, suicide attempts, ``Emily's'' affairs and a succession of inept psychotherapists. Through six years with San Francisco psychiatrist Steinman, she integrated many of her personalities and continues to heal. (Feb.)
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