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Written in a vivid first person narrative that sweeps the reader along, this bold novel introduces Barbara, a 52 year old woman who has it all. So why is she sunk in an abyss of depression?
Barbara is so real that, as one reader said, "I'd love to get in a car and drive along the country roads until I find Barbara's house, so we can chat over coffee."
Delving into the complexities of psychiatry, from its necessity to its folly, the author recounts Barbara's journey to a realization of her true worth. But is this because of her therapist or despite him? What are his true motives?
the moral and ethical issues Barbara ultimately faces make excellent fodder for discussions. This is a superb choice for book clubs, but also for individuals.
Despite the media's message that you must fight old age, Barbara proves that maturity itself has its own beauty, both inner and outer. Even the young admire her for her warmth, wisdom, and guts.
Like the flowers in the gardens she grows, Barbara is reborn after a winter of despair.
Posted August 13, 2010
No one understood what Barbara was going through and worse, no one really seemed to care. Friends, family and co-workers could not fathom what, if anything, she had to be so miserable about it the first place. Barbara was a learned woman surrounded by wealth, natural beauty and to all appearances, married to the love of her life; nobody, least of all Barbara, could understand why she felt so horribly and unequivocally alone.
Therapy: A Novel is insightful and perceptive; a genuine work of literary fiction that examines the patient-therapist relationship, self-worth, body dimorphic disorder, self-esteem, mental illness and a legacy of physical, emotional and verbal abuse. Narrated in the first person, Barbara tells much of her life's story with a surprising amount of emotional detachment; evidence that her perceptions and her grip on reality are tenuous at best. This story is a fairly easy read, despite its weighty subject matter. The reader will quickly be engrossed in Barbara's story, feel empathy toward her and be surprised by how well she bore-up under her life's misfortunes and troubles. Therapy: A Novel is not a self-help book; don't be confused. If you are in need of genuine, therapeutic advice or treatment, this novel may not be for you. In short, if you have been looking for a stirring and unique new book to read, we highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Therapy: A Novel.
Copyright (c) Pinnacle: Author & Book Promotion --- Bobbie Crawford-McCoy
Posted July 30, 2010
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