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Web of Angels [Deckle Edge] [Paperback]

Lilian Nattel
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Feb. 28 2012
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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“Right from the first sentence, Web of Angels is astonishing, shocking, loving. Lilian Nattel leads us in an exploration of how our communities cope with deep heartache, the loss of our young, and how we, as individuals, cope with trauma and the communities we carry within ourselves. Step into this novel and you will find yourself submerged; wake from it, and you will find yourself transformed. Web of Angels is a rare gift, perfectly named; within this novel, Lilian Nattel has offered us the work, the weave, of angels.”
––Gail Anderson-Dargatz, author of The Cure for Death by Lightning, A Recipe for Bees and Turtle Valley
“Groundbreaking, demanding, brave and beautiful. Web of Angels is a fiction about unspeakable evil rendered so (shockingly) true, the effect is devastating. The miracle is that, in Nattel’s hands, this book becomes a testimony to the fierce kindness in the human spirit, which battles evil and wins. Ultimately the book offers hope for what seems impossible: healing.”
Sheree Fitch, author of In This House Are Many Women and Kiss the Joy As It Flies

About the Author

LILIAN NATTEL was born in Montreal and now lives in Toronto with her husband and 2 daughters. She is the author of The River Midnight and The Singing Fire.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read March 3 2012
Beautifully and compassionately written, Web of Angels brings forward some painful realities with grace and sensitivity. Nattel's portrayal of the main character is realistic and well researched, presenting Sharon Lewis as a fiercely caring mother who also happens to live with DID. A story of courage and love that will keep you involved until the very last word.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING Book! A MUST Read!!! Feb. 28 2012
DID (dissociative identity disorder) is something that we have heard and learned more about in recent years, so I thought it was great that Nattel decided to use this as her subject matter. I found it absolutely fascinating to read about and I could not wait to figure out where the book was going. I absolutely loved it and had a really hard time putting it down. I ABSOLUTELY recommend this book, but it is not for the weak of heart. The subject matter can be a bit intense in parts and sensitive readers should probably steer clear. I hope you love this book as much as I did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SENSITIVE SUBJECT BROUGHT TO LIGHT! June 11 2012
By Janet Babins TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Sharon Lewis is a happy housewife married to Dan, who owns a company that runs fundraising campaigns for causes that are both good and respectable. Both have three children, a teenage son named Josh, and two daughters, Emmie and Nina. Josh has a girlfriend Cathy, who is like a member of the family. All live in Seaton Grove, a city neighbourhood south of the railroad tracks.

One day Heather Edwards, a troubled and pregnant teenager, who is a friend of the family and Cathy's sister, commits suicide. The entire neighbourhood is shocked by this. This act is particularly unsettling to Sharon and she begins to lose control in keeping her own secret. No one knows that Sharon has dissociative identity disorder (DID), also known as multiple personality disorder. After hearing the bad news, Sharon feels strange and withdraws and when she looks up, she is someone else who could carry on the day. Her sister-in-law, Eleanor, notices changes in Sharon and she suggests that Sharon see a psychologist to help her overcome her strange behaviour, not knowing that Sharon has DID.

As a child Sharon experienced severe physical and sexual abuse by her father. In order to cope with such a horrendous act, she developed these "alters" or multiple personalities. As the story goes, the "alters" seem to occur spontaneously and involuntarily and function independently of each other. Sharon has given them names such as Lyssa, a little girl, Alec, who takes charge and others.

Web of Angels is a story about Sharon and how she copes now with the help of her psychologist, Brigette, in integrating all the personalities in the hope of living a normal life with her dear husband and children. Sharon is a very capable woman and is very well liked by her family and friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex yet readable March 17 2012
By Emily
This is one of those books that changes the way you'll think about people. While about DID, the characters grapple with issues common to many people -- how to love a whole person, what baggage we carry from our childhoods, and why we cannot (and maybe should not) escape our pasts. Beautifully written and carefully constructed. It's honestly a must-read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Carol Ann Rowland TOP 500 REVIEWER
A wonderful read! As a therapist who works with dissociative clients, I can say that not only is this book compelling in a "can't put it down" sort of way, but it also is a very realistic portrayal of the inner life of someone with dissociative identity disorder. Sensitive topics are covered in a non graphic matter. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brave and Compelling Read March 7 2012
Although I love Lilian Nattel's work in all its diversity incisive, loving and lyrical, I was bit reluctant to pick this one up, the stigma and taboo surrounding DID made me to regard this as a "heavy read." I was wrong. I was riveted by Sharon Lewis. Part thriller, part observance and part compassionate commentary (without being cloying) I could not put the the book down. (Warning do not start this novel as a bed time read).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
Could have been better but I did finish it. Lately when I don't like a book, I give myself permission not to finish it.
Published 17 months ago by Burchy
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written
I picked up this book because I was interested in the subject of DID and other mental illnesses. I had a hard time keeping up with the personnalities or alter-egos but once you... Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2012 by S. Gatien
5.0 out of 5 stars A trauma therapist's review
As a trauma therapist with over 30 years' experience in helping people heal from traumatic childhoods, I value Nattel's respectful and sensitive portrayal of Sharon's in her... Read more
Published on May 7 2012 by Mqry Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected ending!!
I had a little trouble at the beginning of this book, but once I got through that, I loved it! I especially liked the ending, as it was a little surprise waiting to be uncovered. Read more
Published on March 18 2012 by danis57
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonder and a Treasure!
What a wonder this book is, and what a treasure. Rarely has a published work touched me so deeply. Lilian's vivid portrayal of a young wife, mother and community activist living... Read more
Published on March 18 2012 by Kerrdelune
4.0 out of 5 stars A riveting and realistic drama about multiple personality
It's amazing to me that a sensitive, hopeful, and at times romantic writer like Lilian Nattel could choose to live with such difficult material long enough to write the haunting... Read more
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