The Folded World

The Folded World

eBook - 2011
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Acclaimed for her excquisite prose and crystalline insights, Amity Gaige returns with The Folded World , the story of an idealistic young social worker drawn into the lives of his mentally ill clients. Charlie Shade was born into a quiet, prosperous life, but a sense of injustice dogs him. He feels destined to leave his life of "bread and laundry," to work instead with people in crisis. On his way, he meets his kindred spirit in Alice, a soulful young woman, living helplessly by laws of childhood superstition. Charlie's empathy with his clients -- troubled souls like Hal, the high-school wrestling champion who undergoes a psychotic break, and Opal, the isolated young woman who claims "various philosophies have confused my life" -- is both admirable and nearly fatal. An adoring husband and new father, Charlie risks his own cherished, private domestic world to help Hal, Opal, and others move beyond their haunted inner worlds into the larger world of love and connection.

A collision of extraordinary characters, The Folded World addresses the universal dilemma of love, wherein giving to another can seem like "the death of the world of oneself." With an unerring eye for both the joys and devastations of life, Amity Gaige once again reminds us of the pleasures and depths to be found in her fiction.
Publisher: New York Other Press 2011
ISBN: 9781590515044
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Nov 29, 2013

a woman who can do nothing but read and a man who can do nothing but empathize meet, fall in love, and are battered by the world.

StratfordLibrary Mar 22, 2013

Blind Date With A Book comment: "A little awkward at first, but we warmed up to each other and might meet again!

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