On Friday September 7th, host Esty Dinur spoke with the award-winning author and visual artist Christine Stark about her recent book Nickels: a tale of dissociation. The novel deals with the difficult issues of incest and physical and verbal abuse from the survivor’s point of view. It discusses how dissociation is employed as a means of coping. Stark explains how her motivation in writing the novel began with her social justice work around sexual violence.
“Nickels follows a biracial girl named Little Miss So and So, from age 4-½ into adulthood. Told in a series of vignettes, Nickels’ lyrical and inventive language conveys the dissociative states born of a world formed by persistent and brutal incest and homophobia. The dissociative states enable the child’s survival and, ultimately, the adult’s healing. The story is both heartbreaking and triumphant”
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