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The Obsidian Mirror: An Adult Healing from Incest

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Book by Wisechild, Louise M.
Paperback, 278 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Seal Press (CA)
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Manoja K.
I feel weird and a little uneasy about rating a book based on someone's experiences of overcoming sexual abuse, but I'm giving it five stars anyway because I love the way the author expresses all of the different aspects to her. The way she describes what happened to her really takes a lot of courage for someone to express. At times it's hard to read because you can;t believe how someone's life can have so much trauma and yet she still managed to over come it. It's hard for me to say why this bo ...more
Leslie
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
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Liz
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 incest ...more
Dorothea
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 inappropriate.....it's a courageous book written by a courageous woman. Her story must be heard.
Vanessa
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.
Laurie
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!!!!!!
Fishface
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.
Heather
Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
awesome, brave, powerful book
Hope
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not an easy read, but really good for me right now.
Pat
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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