Imago by Connie Myslik-McFadden

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In Imago, Connie Myslik-McFadden, a Jungian psychotherapist and author of three non-fiction books, has written an evocative, immensely satisfying first novel. The themes of separation and loss, reunion and reconciliation, and the right to choose when and how we die, are woven into a beautiful, multilayered fabric that is unforgettable and whole. Serious in tone, with flashes of humor and irony, Imago is a powerful story about mother-daughter relationship and the human longing to heal the past and transform the present. Maria Morrison's mother, with whom Maria has had little contact since childhood, has just told Maria that she is intending to commit suicide rather than die a painful, prolonged death from lung cancer. Maria, shocked and frightened, flies to be with her mother, hoping to intervene. She meets her eccentric half-sister, Gwen, for the first time, and they struggle to deal with their mother's illness and dramatic decision. Synchronistically, Maria has with her the manuscript for a novel she has written in a creative attempt to understand the traumatic separation from her mother when she was a child and it's impact on her life. It includes an imagined version of her mother's life, of which Maria has little real knowledge. Rich with dreams, this heartwarming contemporary novel powerfully illustrates how we use imagination to fill in the spaces where we do not know the truth of our experience.

About Connie Myslik-McFadden

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Connie Myslik-McFadden is a Jungian psychotherapist in private practice in Bozeman, Montana, where she lives with her husband and two Bearded Collies. She lived in Princeton, New Jersey for many years before relocating to Big Sky country in 1994. Her non-fiction book, Gathering the Soul: A True Story of Spiritual Healing, was published in 1999. You can find her on the web at
Published October 10, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 220 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Fiction

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