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Web of Angels (edition 2012)

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Title:Web of Angels
Authors:Lilian Nattel
Info:Knopf Canada (2012), Paperback, 368 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:canadian fiction, given to susan

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This is a good story, in which the main character -- Sharon -- has Dissociative Identity Disorder (commonly understood as "multiple personalities"). The author has done an amazing job of showing how DID is both a strength and a weakness for Sharon. The story is well-told with good characters -- I will look for more by this author. This book deals with child abuse, so some readers may be uncomfortable with it. ( )
  LynnB | Dec 3, 2014 |
This is a tough subject to write about tenderly but somehow the author manages. Still, I found that the "villain" characters were not real to me--it was hard to believe in them. I wouldn't recommend this book to my friends because the child porn flashbacks were too awful to make it an "enjoyable" read. Just my opinion. ( )
  AngelaLaughing | Jan 25, 2014 |
Just as Jodi Picoult tackles controversial contemporary issues in her compelling domestic dramas, in Web of Angels bestselling novelist Lilian Nattel explores the vivid reality of what used to be called multiple personality disorder. A Vintage Canada trade paperback original.

On the surface of things, Sharon Lewis is a lot like any other happily married mother of 3: she is the beating heart of a house full of kids, cooking and chaos, the one who always knows the after-school practice schedule, where her husband put the car keys and who needs a little extra TLC. Her kids and husband think she's a little spooky, actually, the way she can anticipate the tensions of any situation--and maybe they love her all the more for the extra care she gives them.

Life is definitely good until the morning Heather Edwards, a pregnant teenaged friend of the family, kills herself. The reverberations of that act, and the ugly secrets that sparked it, prove deeply unsettling to the whole family, and stir up Sharon's own troubling secret: she has DID, or dissociative identity disorder. And the multiples inside the woman the world knows as Sharon seem to know what happened to Heather, and what may be happening to Heather's surviving sister. Will Sharon's need to protect the innocent cause her to finally come clean about her true nature with her family and friends, and not just in the anonymous chat rooms on the web where she's connected to others like herself? Will a woman with DID be able to persuade her quiet and respectable community that evil things can happen even in the nicest homes? ( )
  KarenAJeff | Aug 12, 2013 |
Disturbing, and perhaps triggering, for those who have been sexually abused. I often stay away from this type of subject matter, however, the subtle and gentle explanations of DID, and the beautiful way Nattel shows us the gifts that DID can bring, and not only the difficulties, won me over. I found myself thinking that, really, DID is just one end of a continuum of who we all are as humans. ( )
  skookum13 | Sep 27, 2012 |
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Do you take it I would astonish? // Does the daylight astonish? does the early redstart twittering through the woods? // Do I astonish more than they? //  This hour I tell things in confidence // I might not tell everybody, but I will tell you. // (I am large, I contain multitudes) -- Walt Whitman, Song of Myself, Verses 19 and 51
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For Hadara and Meira.  And in honour of everyone who brakes the cycle -- heroes all.
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On a narrow street in the grey of dawn, in a row house with stained glass, a sixteen-year-old girl lay motionless.
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Just as Jodi Picoult tackles controversial contemporary issues in her compelling domestic dramas, in Web of Angels bestselling novelist Lilian Nattel explores the vivid reality of what used to be called multiple personality disorder. A Vintage Canada trade paperback original.
 
On the surface of things, Sharon Lewis is a lot like any other happily married mother of 3: she is the beating heart of a house full of kids, cooking and chaos, the one who always knows the after-school practice schedule, where her husband put the car keys and who needs a little extra TLC. Her kids and husband think she's a little spooky, actually, the way she can anticipate the tensions of any situation--and maybe they love her all the more for the extra care she gives them.
 
Life is definitely good until the morning Heather Edwards, a pregnant teenaged friend of the family, kills herself. The reverberations of that act, and the ugly secrets that sparked it, prove deeply unsettling to the whole family, and stir up Sharon's own troubling secret: she has DID, or dissociative identity disorder. And the multiples inside the woman the world knows as Sharon seem to know what happened to Heather, and what may be happening to Heather's surviving sister. Will Sharon's need to protect the innocent cause her to finally come clean about her true nature with her family and friends, and not just in the anonymous chat rooms on the web where she's connected to others like herself? Will a woman with DID be able to persuade her quiet and respectable community that evil things can happen even in the nicest homes?

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