The Magic Daughter: A Memoir of Living with Multiple Personality Disorder

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In this extraordinarily distinctive, exquisitely crafted memoir, one that began as a suicide note, Jane Phillips, a woman with "disassociative identity disorder" writes about the intimate details of her life. The Magic Daughter is a harrowing, moving, inspiring, and ultimately triumphant account of a woman's journey toward wholeness.

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Since Sybil and Three Faces of Eve, a flood of information on multiple personality disorder (MPD) has surged into the public view. Here, an award-winning writer and French professor writing under the pseudonym Phillips leads the reader into an intimate portrayal of her life with many voices. Her story began as a suicide note but became a tool in her struggle to succeed and overcome all the dysfunction, violence, and degradation in her early life. She offers a chronological reading of growing up with MPD and describes her eight years of work with a remarkable psychologist, resulting in the reintegration of her "selves." Her personalities are collectively known as "The Kids," who demand coloring books, stuffed animals, and a nightlight. There are other titles in this area, of course, such as Trudi Chase's When Rabbit Howls (Jove, 1990) and Gene Stone's Little Girl Fly Away (LJ 3/1/94). But this poignant memoir by a gifted author is well recommended for all collections.?Lisa Wise, Univ. of Southern Colorado, Pueblo
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" Jane Phillips" is the pseudonym of a college professor and award-winning author who has lived with multiple personality disorder (MPD) for more than three decades. She recounts in sensitive, sometimes searing prose a childhood of secret terrors and abuse by three older brothers who resented her, the "magic daughter," the long-awaited girl child who dissociated in order to deal with the violence threaded throughout the fabric of her youth. Later in this memoir that she says began as a suicide note, Phillips details her everyday hardships as an adult. She must repeatedly regrade students' papers because one personality cannot remember the activities of another. Large chunks of life she cannot recall, and inexplicable illnesses and terrors drive her to the brink of self-destruction. She must play out a battle to live stably without medication against a backdrop of mental "noise" from her several identities. Phillips' stirring testimony deserves wide readership among the general public, not just specialists in behavioral disorders. Whitney Scott

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