Sounds Like Crazy

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Learn why Holly Miller has five people living inside her head in this “remarkable debut novel.”(Kemble Scott, author of SoMa)

Though she doesn’t remember the trauma that caused it, Holly Miller has Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her personality has fractured into five different identities, together known as The Committee. And as much as they make Holly’s life hell, she can’t live without them.

Then one of those identities, the flirtatious, ...

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Overview

Learn why Holly Miller has five people living inside her head in this “remarkable debut novel.”(Kemble Scott, author of SoMa)

Though she doesn’t remember the trauma that caused it, Holly Miller has Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her personality has fractured into five different identities, together known as The Committee. And as much as they make Holly’s life hell, she can’t live without them.

Then one of those identities, the flirtatious, southern Betty Jane, lands Holly a voiceover job. Betty Jane wants nothing more than to be in the spotlight. The rest of The Committee wants Betty Jane to shut up. Holly’s therapist wants to get to the bottom of her broken psyche. And Holly? She’s just along for the ride…

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Publishers Weekly
A woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder takes center stage in Mahaffey's lamentable not-quite comedy. Holly Miller shares her head with a number of personalities, from the demanding Southern belle Betty Jane to the terse Sarge, as she pursues a career in voice-over work (surely a snap for someone who hears voices). The first half of the book—a tangle of unfortunate events strung together to maximize Three Stooges–style slapstick—is pure farce, while the second half is a forensic excavation of Holly's past intended to explain her problems. Mahaffey's attempts at turning Holly into something that could be mistaken for a well-developed character, however, is undermined by an avalanche of camp that renders this as absurd as it is pointless. (Oct.)
The San Francisco Chronicle
Mahaffey documents a realistic setting and progression of psychotherapy . . . Not surprisingly, Holly's rediscovering the sources of her alternate personalities provides the necessary tools for the ultimate healing of her self.At turns both funny and poignant, "Sounds Like Crazy" celebrates resilience as an essential element of the human condition.
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Mahaffey has infused the book with keen insights into human nature and the complexities of life that challenge all of us . . . Sounds Like Crazy is a novel that should appeal to anyone who has ever wondered about the little voice in the back of their head.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451227911
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Shana Mahaffey lives in part of an Edwardian compound that she shares with an informal cooperative of family, friends, and five cats. She is a member of the Sanchez Grotto Annex, a writer's community.
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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book

    I found Shana's book to be really an enjoyable find, and hope to see more from her. I won't spill the beans, I just recommend you check it out.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Ever wonder sometimes what kind of personal trauma you would have to go through in order to have your personality split into 5 different people?

    How would you handle getting through life? How would you maintain relationships with family and friends?

    In the book, Sounds Like Crazy by Shana Mahaffey, you meet Holly Miller who is dealing with this very thing. Holly has suffered such a personal trauma so great during her childhood that it literally created 5 different people that live as a Committee in her head. There is Sarge, the faceless Boy, the prayerful Silent One, the rotound Ruffles, and then the leader of them all Betty Jean.

    The book is the story about how Holly Miller manages life while working as a waitress in which the only way she makes more tips is to let Betty Jane, the southern sassy Belle take over and really make hearts melt. Yet Betty Jane isn't always so nice when she doesn't get her way and Holly has cycled through many jobs and this one isn't about to last. She finally gets a job offer to do Voice Overs for a new animated series called the Neighborhood. With the cast of characters in her head, sounds like the dream job.

    I had the delightful opportunity to receive a complimentary copy of the book from TLC Book Tours and was surprised when I got the book signed by the Shana Mahaffey along with a personal note from her. I have to say this book was amazing and read it late into the evenings as I found myself captivated by Holly's character and the way she handles managing her life with 5 people in her head. This is a definite must read for anyone looking for an amazing, fun fiction book to read.

    If you would like more information on the book, the author or where to purchase your own copy click here.

    http://tlcbooktours.com/2010/02/shana-mahaffey-author-of-sounds-like-crazy-on-tour-april-2010/

    You can learn more about Shana Mahaffey at her website below:

    http://shanamahaffey.com/.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2010

    Great Book!

    A great read - I couldn't put it down. Loved it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2010

    I loved this book!

    What a well written and interesting book! Very intriguing look at someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder! Highly recommended for people that find how the mind works very interesting! I would love to see what else Mahaffey comes out with!

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    a fascinating tale

    Her shrink Milton explains to Holly Miller that the repeated trauma led to her suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder as each personality has enabled her to cope. Holly does not recall what the trauma was, but knows her five personalities living inside help her almost as much as they drive her crazy. The "Committee" consists of the Boy in the red Converse with no face; the ancient meditating Silent One; Sarge the safety expert; Ruffles the chip eater, and Betty Jane the Scarlet O'Hara imitator.

    She spent twelve Christmas holidays alone as mom remains in the Bay area discouraging her daughter form coming home. Meanwhile Betty Jane Holly works at a Manhattan diner in which she makes her best tips when her southern sexy Betty Jane persona outrageously flirts with the customers. Now Betty Jane lands them a TV gig with her flirtation; the rest of the Committee objects while Holly fears what will happen when she goes before the camera.

    SOUNDS LIKE CRAZY is a fascinating tale of a woman suffering from a mental disorder though ironically she copes in society because of DID. The story line is at its best when it stays serious while each of the personalities knows when to take charge and when to remain dormant. When the tale turns to a Keystone Cops ensemble comedy, which occurs too frequently, the plot loses much of its insightfulness into the mind of a traumatized person. Still Shana Mahaffey provides an overall solid look at a person muddling through life due to her inner personalities.

    Harriet Klausner

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