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When a car accident claims the lives of her husband and son, Kerry Taylor, a former ballet dancer, slips into a catatonic state. Her family's last option is the Rosewood Clinic, where Dr. Michael Myatt has launched a controversial new therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder victims in the wake of 9/11. Framed around the seven distinct phases of Myatt's radical "sympathy-based" therapy, in which the doctor tries to take on the actual physical feelings of the patient, the book explores the permeable boundaries between self and others. A colorful supporting cast of five lost souls adds poignancy and earthy humor to the story of Kerry's gradual return to consciousness and long-suppressed grief. This powerful first novel examines the relationship between mind, body, and spirit, and sets Kerry's recovery against a larger backdrop: the healing of damaged minds during a time of political and social upheaval.


Praise for this book

"At a time when the need for compassion and understanding in the world has never been more pressing, this is a book to hold close to the heart." - Pauline Holdstock

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Paperback Editions

December 2005 : Canada Paperback

Title: Sympathy
Author(s): Dede Crane
ISBN: 1-55192-781-0 / 978-1-55192-781-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Raincoast Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA