Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls
Andy Gage was born in 1965 and murdered not long after by his stepfather. . . . It was no ordinary murder. Though the torture and abuse that killed him were real, Andy Gage's death wasn't. Only his soul actually died, and when it died, it broke in pieces. Then the pieces became souls in their own... show more
Andy Gage was born in 1965 and murdered not long after by his stepfather. . . . It was no ordinary murder. Though the torture and abuse that killed him were real, Andy Gage's death wasn't. Only his soul actually died, and when it died, it broke in pieces. Then the pieces became souls in their own right, coinheritors of Andy Gage's life. . . . While Andy deals with the outside world, more than a hundred other souls share an imaginary house inside Andy's head, struggling to maintain an orderly coexistence: Aaron, the father figure; Adam, the mischievous teenager; Jake, the frightened little boy; Aunt Sam, the artist; Seferis, the defender; and Gideon, who wants to get rid of Andy and the others and run things on his own. Andy's new coworker, Penny Driver, is also a multiple personality, a fact that Penny is only partially aware of. When several of Penny's other souls ask Andy for help, Andy reluctantly agrees, setting in motion a chain of events that threatens to destroy the stability of the house. Now Andy and Penny must work together to uncover a terrible secret that Andy has been keeping . . . from himself.
Publish date: January 20th 2004
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
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, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
, Mental Health
, Mental Illness
Fan-fucking-tastic. Two characters with DID (well, MPD; the book's old and outdated), one with awareness and having been in therapy for years, one with no idea what's going on. Incredibly well-written. I don't really know what exactly to say about it or what makes it so well-written but it was j...
"I was dead. That in itself didn't concern me much. I'd never been afraid of death. Of dying, yes; of a painful end, or a premature one - important things left undone - definitely. But the thought of actually being dead held no particular terror for me. I remembered the moment of my birth, and hav...
Andy Gage, original owner of the body, is dead. The main character of this novel is Andrew, one of the souls that now inhabits the body and has control of it most of the time. His father is Aaron, another soul and the leader of the house in the body's head wherein countless other souls reside. If ...
Much better than Sybil. Makes me want to marathon The United States of Tara.
You'd think a book that has 2 multiple personality individuals would be confusing with all their alters, but the author keeps it simple. Interesting and feels "realistic", even tho I don't have MPD.