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My Four Fathers & Eleanor

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  13 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Thomas Walling, a man with Multiple Personality Disorder, learns to balance his mental illness and unconditional love after one of his other personalities fathers a child and he is forced to raise her.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, unfortunately Thomas Walling has the whole village in his head and they all want to lend a hand!
Mass Market Paperback, First Edition, 296 pages
Published January 25th 2013 (first published December 10th 2010)
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Aug 07, 2011 Christa rated it it was amazing
A brilliant story which tugs at your heartstrings

Thomas Emerson Walling is an excellent engineer and upstanding citizen, a loving father and compassionate friend—at least most of the time. There are days (or nights), however, when his everyday life is taken over by one of three men (mentally challenged, obsessive, compulsive Henry, aggressive Chuck, lewd and fashion-conscious Louis) or by Eleanor, a raunchy southern belle, and these four “alters” play havoc with his mind. Thomas Walling has a me
Aug 14, 2011 Dannye rated it really liked it
A Bold Undertaking

A bold undertaking, My Four Fathers & Eleanor addresses the uniqueness of a family’s life centered around Multiple Personality Disorder or Dissociative Identity Disorder as it is now called. Thomas Walling has three male personalities—Chuck, Louis, and Henry—and one female personality—Eleanor. After years of being treated by Dr. Pope who managed to keep these multiple personalities at bay so that Thomas could lead a more normal life, Thomas is thrown into a new world when D
Jan 26, 2013 Kristi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book because I'm fascinated by dissociative identity disorder (DID). The human brain is absolutely amazing in how it can develop ways of allowing individuals to cope with severe trauma.

Unfortunately, this book was almost unreadable--for a few reasons. First, Ms. Rosen seemed to pour a jug of commas over the entire book so that they ended up in random places in sentences. And then commas were missing from places where they were not optional if the proper meaning was to be ma
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is a story of a man with Multiple Personality Disorder, seen through the eyes of his daughter.

It was a bitter sweet tale. It made me laugh out loud in places and it was sad in others. It focussed on the life of this man who shared his head with four other people. It also focussed on the impact his illness had on the people around him. I followed each character closely and by the end it seemed like they were old friends.

It was also a very moving book and I am not ashamed to say I was in floo
Jason Luttrull
Jun 11, 2013 Jason Luttrull rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Emerson Walling's adult life, as narrated by his daughter Sarah, will grip you from the beginning. The author does a great job with bringing to life the two main characters, and sprinkles in the other entities that takes over Thomas' life.

From the first page through the last word the author takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. You will laugh, worry, be slightly scared, and you will cry. And, be forewarned, you will need some tissue, and possibly time to take some breaks from read
May 17, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to receive this books in a First Reads Giveaway. I thought it was intriguing to read the story from a child's point of view about her father with DID. However, I found it confusing to switch between first and third person and I wish the author had chosen one point of view.

The beginning may seem a little slow and awkward, but stick with it. The story gets better and you grow attached to the characters. I really loved the ending of the book and despite some unbelievable events, it
Oct 28, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
I had really high hopes for this book, but it basically felt flat for me. I found the premise of the story fascinating, and still think it had such potential. Ultimately though, I felt that the story being told from the daughter's POV was so awkward at times it ruined large portions of the book for me. It just wasn't credible, and often made no sense, to hear his story told in her words. So while I give a lot of credit for the subject matter, the flaws made this book just okay for me. I wish I h ...more
Maria Barry
Feb 18, 2013 Maria Barry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tackling a huge topic, but done so well, with tenderness, humanity and at times humour. Three Men and a Baby, move over and inject a bit of black comedy to the mix! Take a look at the publisher's blog: for a free read of chapter 1.
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