Review: Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

Sybil by Flora Reta Schreiber

‘How are you today?’ the doctor asked. ‘I’m fine’, was the reply. ‘But Sybil isn’t. She was so sick she couldn’t come. So I came instead.’

Sybil is the story of a woman with sixteen separate personalities, and was instrumental in influencing the definition and diagnosis of multiple personality disorder.

Sybil’s diagnosis has since been called into question – but, forty years after it was first published, her story remains a gripping and disturbing account of one woman’s struggle for mental stability and happiness.

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Review

I began reading Sybil with an idea of the story’s surrounding controversy. When the author’s account of Sybil’s story came out, it made quite an impact and resulted in a movie. Why wouldn’t it? This poor woman had sixteen personalities and her life was not liveable. Her childhood was horrible, reading about it is traumatic enough, and then she’s constantly questioning everything around her. Even if it’s not true, the story itself has some serious details to create a riveting tale. Continue reading

Blog Tour Review: The Isolation Door by Anish Majumdar

The Isolation Door by Anish MajumdarNeil Kapoor, 23, is desperate to create a life beyond the shadow of his mother’s schizophrenia. Years of successive relapses and rehabilitation’s have forced his father into the role of caretaker and Neil into that of silent witness. But there is no light within this joyless ritual, and any hope for the future rests on finding an exit.

Amidst her latest breakdown, Neil attends drama school in pursuit of a role that might better express the truth of who he is. What started as a desperate gambit becomes the fragile threads of a new life. A relationship blooms with Emily, and each finds strength – and demons – in the other. New friendships with Quincy and Tim grow close and complex. But the emotional remove needed to keep these two lives separate destabilizes the family. Neil’s father, the one constant in the chaos, buckles under the pressure. Enlisting the aid of an Aunt with means and questionable motives, Neil plies ever-greater deceptions to keep the darkness at bay. But this time there will be no going back. As his mother falls to terrifying depths a decision must be made: family or freedom?

In this powerful fiction debut, Anish Majumdar shines a much-needed light into the journey of those coping with serious mental disorders and the loved ones who walk alongside them. Incisive and filled with moments of strange beauty, it marks the arrival of a unique voice in American letters.

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