sounds like crazy
by Shana Mahaffey
sounds like crazy
Though she doesn’t remember the trauma that caused it, Holly Miller has Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her personality has fractured into five different identities, together known as The Committee. And as much as they make Holly’s life hell, she can’t live without them.
Then one of those identities, the flirtatious, southern Betty Jane, lands Holly a voiceover job. Betty Jane wants nothing more than to be in the spotlight. The rest of The Committee wants Betty Jane to shut up. Holly’s therapist wants to get to the bottom of her broken psyche. And Holly? She’s just along for the ride…
IN THE PRESS
At turns both funny and poignant, "Sounds Like Crazy" celebrates resilience as an essential element of the human condition…. Though Holly has been in twice-a-week therapy for six years, she is just now nearing the ultimate goal of DID treatment - that of integrating her disparate personalities into a core identity. Her veteran psychologist, Milton, is portrayed as a skilled therapist - direct, flexible, interactive and pragmatic.
Sounds Like Crazy is a wonderfully creative novel, bringing to life a colorful cast of characters in a memorable story. This is Shana Mahaffey‘s first novel, and it is an incredible debut. The premise of the novel alone is fascinating, engaging the reader from the start. It was nominated by the San Francisco Chronicle as a notable book for fall.
CHEFDRUK BOOK REVIEW
Wow! This book makes you laugh, think and feel! Once you get into the meat of this novel, you feel compelled to see it to the end.
Shana Mahaffey has done her homework and presents Dissociative Identity Disorder in a way that you not only feel for the character(s) but also learn about how someone lives with a condition like this.
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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Shana Mahaffey is the author of Sounds Like Crazy (NAL/Penguin), a San Francisco Chronicle notable book for Fall 2009. She is a survivor of catechism and cat scratch fever and is a co-founder of the Castro Writers' Cooperative. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Sunset Magazine, SoMa Literary Review, Spectrum Literary Journal, Reflections Literary Journal, and assorted literary blogs. Shana lives in San Francisco with her husband and two tuxedo cats that require reverence and worship akin to the level proffered by the ancient Egyptians.
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