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The Obsidian Mirror: An Adult Healing from Incest

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Book by Wisechild, Louise M.
Paperback, 278 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Seal Press (CA)
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Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, especially anyone who has been sexually abused
Shelves: memoirs
One of the best memoirs I've ever read. Reading this book is harrowing and amazing.
Told from the adult point of view, interspersed with memories of sexual abuse beginning from age five, Louise does an incredible job telling us what is going on inside her heart and mind. Her mom is horrible and doesn't take care of her kids, her kids are supposed to take care of her. The mom is afraid to be alone with a certain male relative, so she always has her kids with her when he is there, but it's ok for
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in the healing process of an incest survivor
Shelves: survivorship
I gave this book four stars only because it's not quite as good as its "sequel" of sorts, The Mother I Carry. This was Louise Wisechild's first of two books describing her childhood abuse. This one focused on the incest perpetrated against her and the actions of those in her childhood to her traumas. The book is a combination of memories and present-day events, including therapy sessions. This is a good book for anyone trying to understand what it's like for a survivor who is healing from ...more
How do you rate a book that's essentially a woman exposing to the world her wounds of childhood sexual abuse in a struggle to find healing for herself and others who have survived similar horrors? Do I say it's amazing? Or do I say her courage to pour out such a life on the page is amazing? I'll go with the latter. I personally feel like any rating on this book would be's a courageous book written by a courageous woman. Her story must be heard.
Oct 27, 2009 rated it really liked it

Not for the faint of heart, it's a pretty wrenching book.

If you know someone recovering from incest or child sexual abuse, one of the more honest books, hopeful and enduring without being sappy.
The Cute Little Brown-haired girl
I heard this was the best book out there on the subject...and god knows there aren't enough books to help with this taboo subject that effects more people than anyone cares to talk about or admit. Speak out and don't be ashamed-you are not alone.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very interesting and powerful. She treated parts of herself as different characters, and it made it read almost like a novel. She’s a bit more poetical and spiritual than my taste tends toward, but it’s still a fascinating book.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Riveting - helpful in my work.
Rhonda Rae Baker
I am speechless with the body memories this memoir has stirred within my heart...written with skillful prose, the transformation was as if my own and I'm changed. Beautiful. Important. Life changing.

READ THIS MEMOIR...if you care about the abused or have been there yourself...there IS hope...we CAN make it!!!!!!
This book dates from the heyday of the repressed memory, when everyone and his hamster was being diagnosed with multiple personalities. This book is not quite that far out there -- it's about the very typical, very painful healing process after incest. Good book, but not what you'd call smiley.
Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
awesome, brave, powerful book
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not an easy read, but really good for me right now.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book for a reader with an interest in this topic.
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