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Nickels: A Tale Of Dissociation

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  14 reviews
..".a perfect genius that makes the impossible in expression, possible; the unknowable in experience, knowable"
--Anya Achtenberg, author of "The Stories of Devil-Girl"
"Nickels" follows a biracial girl named "Little Miss So and So," from age 4-1/2 into adulthood. Told in a series of prose poems, "Nickels'"lyrical and inventive language conveys the dissociative states born
Paperback, 248 pages
Published August 7th 2011 by Modern History Press
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MeraBaid Kaur
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. The style in which it was written(prose poems), the language, how empowering it was, how endearing the characters were, how real and frustrating the plot was. This book will move you. It may be tough to get into at first, just because it is very different and you have to get into the flow and rhythm of it, but once you do it will be a riveting ride.

This story is a powerful read that everyone over the age of 18 should read. It touches on some very important issues in moder
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

My Thoughts:
I’ll be blunt, I was very excited to be chosen for this review. I checked the post office daily in hopes that it arrived and was SO excited the day I got it. Mental illness is something close to my heart, as I am the child of a mentally ill mother. In addition I am familiar with abuse of every kind and while my abuse was not at all incestual, I felt I could relate to the character and would be able to write a thorough review with no problem.....after all the request for a 100 word r
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In her new book, NICKELS - A Tale of Dissociation, Christine Stark gives insight into what goes on in the mind of a child, who is a victim of incest. NICKELS tells the story of a young girl, Little Miss So and So, who endures sexual, emotional, and physical abuse, at the hands of her father, on a daily basis, while her mother, who I believe is aware of some of the abuse, chooses to ignore it. Her father buys her a small pink purse and forces Little Miss So and So to wear it around her neck, wher ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written, very Joycean, but from a female point of view. A devastating, highly absorbing novel of dissociation caused by incest. Stark set out to create a book that portrayed dissociation more thoroughly than Sapphire's Push, and she succeeded. This should be in the library of every crisis center, and anyone who wants to broaden her or his understanding of trauma on children should read this book. Bravo to Modern History Press for publishing it (a Lambda Literary Award finalist). A wh ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

By Kathleen Barry
January 6, 2012
The author, professor emerita of Penn State University, describes the culture that produced the recent scandal—and suggests a path to a needed focus on the victims of such abuse.
I was once summoned to my dean’s office to justify comments I made in a radio interview upon publication of my book Prostitution of Sexuality (1995). I had said that one in ten women in the United States is raped, and that figure—which has since doubled—was an undercount because only 10 pe
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely breathtaking. Stark's ability to share traumatic abuse and loss of innocence through a child's words...a child's spirit...a child's point-of-view was so painfully real, legitimate, and artistic--is like nothing I have ever read. The poetic lyricism of the whole novel has stuck with me. After a year has past since I first read it, I tip toe back, circling the story thinking that this novel brings a whole new meaning to the term resilience. Anyone working with children who ...more
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
NICKELS: a tale of dissociation by author Christine Stark, takes us through the life of Little Miss So and So, a child living through horrendous physical & sexual abuse at the hands of her father. While her mother, the one parent most are able to count on, turns the other cheek with full knowledge of what her husband is doing to their child.

NICKELS also guides us through Little Miss So and So's development and discovery of her sexuality & the homophobia that comes along with it. We see what Litt
May 02, 2012 added it
“Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation”follow covers part of the lifespan of a woman who suffers tremendous abuse beginning in childhood.

I have to admit that this book is written rather differently than any other book that I have ever read. After I gave it a few pages, I have come to the realization that the way it is written is what makes the book so “real.” I feel that the character had so many thoughts and feelings and that there was just so much going on in her head that she got it all out the bes
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To say this book was difficult to read would be an understatement, not just based on content but on writing style, yet still I had a hard time putting it down, and I shared parts of the book with my husband while I read, which I never do.

The book starts when Little Miss So and So is 4-1/2 but the horrific violent raping from her father starts well before that age and continues until she manages to escape him at the age of 20, but not before devloping a dissociative disorder where she "goes away"
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to be chosen to review the book, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation. I received a copy of the book to read, and found that I became engrossed in the story. I was unsure it would be the type of book I would like, as it is written in a unique style with prose poems. I soon adjusted to the writing style and followed the tale of Little Miss So And So throughout her life, from the age of four to 26. I found the story of a child who was going through so much turmoil and abuse to be heartbre ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
NICKLES is told in the first person from the view of a 4 year old to start. The writer takes us deep into the dark passages of incest and abuse of a small child from her viewpoint. This was not an easy book to read yet I was compelled to finish it. This book captured me from the first page and I simply could not put it down!
I cried, not just teary eyed, I mean I actually cried my eyes out trying to explain the book to my husband. It is not for the faint of heart or someone looking for entertain
brandy oliver
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think this was a masterpiece and I am sad that it has ended.
I found that I actually really enjoy the way it was written, it tool about 5 pages to get the hang of it but now I understand the reasoning behind it, and think that it was really the only way to write, through prose poems.
I also had a hard time setting this book down. To have such an opportunity to travel with Little Miss So and So, and see how she sees and see what she thinks, was just amazing!
This book has some very horrific part
Lana Bradstream
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I did not like the way it was written -- in the prose poem form. It made it somewhat difficult to read, especially when Little Miss So and So was having conversations.
I'm also not a fan of the content, but that is my own personal preference. This is great for people who liked PUSH by Sapphire. Powerful story, however.
If it was written in the traditional form, it would have gotten a higher score from me.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
such a fascinating perspective on dissociation!!!
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