Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A book about twin loss and the twin bond

This book called Never really Alone documents the struggle by a twin-less twin to find herself.

Never Really Alone tells the tale of Sarah Jane Foster, a young girl who at the tender age of seven, loses one half of herself to death. In June of 1958, her twin sister Miranda Jean, drowns in the river that runs through their farm.

Is it because she's unable to deal with the loss, so her mind solves the problem, or could it be that Miranda Jean has really returned from the dead on the day of the funeral? Of course, seven-year-old children who claim to see those who have passed on must be ill, mustn't they?

In 1958, child psychiatry was a child itself, and treatment was by today's standards somewhat shocking. Needless to say, Sarah Jane's world was turned more than upside down. It was as if she had been dropped into the middle of a battlefield.

Thus begins Sarah Jane's journey from happy-go-lucky twin to broken half of a whole - and her attempt to rebuild that life. All the while, still attached to her ghostly, but very real to her, sister. On the one hand, clinging to her with every fiber of her being - yet at the same time, yearning to be her own person with one voice.

The comments are interesting....this one from Goodreads

Miranda Jean and Sarah Jane were identical twins, what their nanny Sousa called two peas in a pod. Never alone but always together. When they are seven Miranda Jean is drowned in the river that runs through their property. Life is never the same for her sister. It seems that Miranda Jean doesn't want to leave yet and that becomes a terrible problem for Sarah Jane. She first appears at the funeral, wearing of all things the plaid bathing suit she died in. When told that Miranda was back, Sarah's parents put her into the care of a psychiatrist who does electric shock treatments to try to bring her back to reality. this is a story of the love of a set of sisters that transcends death and the coming of age of Sarah Jane. It was well written and grabs you from the start. I totally enjoyed the book
Have you ever been sent to a psychiatrist because you say you once had a twin and your twin is still here with you and you have conversations?

Too much misdiagnosis of so-called "mental illness"!   


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