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This wasn’t my life to begin with. It wasn’t my body either. I inherited both, and more, from Mouse.
Mouse created me. She had created another life when she was four so she knew how. That’s what people with Dissociative Identity Disorder do.
You see, terrible things happened to Mouse when she was very young, so she decided to simply stop growing up when she was eight. Her body aged but she didn’t. At eleven, when something even more despicable happened, Mouse froze herself in time, leaving her life, body, and name to me. Mouse remains an afraid and damaged young girl, living in The Deep inside of us. But don’t worry, she isn’t alone.
My name is Jade and I am an alternate personality – the main personality but an alternate nonetheless. I live in this body with Mouse and the other alters: Peter, Neil, Jane, Zen, Nancy, Ray, and Lucy. For over twenty years there had been no more splitting, no one new. Then Anne came along, making alter number ten.
This book is the first part of our journey integrating Anne into her new life. It was her idea to write about it and both our ideas to dedicate this book to Mouse …
Our Frozen Mouse – the author of us all.
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I have read many books over my lifetime but this story is like no other and takes you on a journey into the depths of Dissociative Identity Disorder in the most unexpected way. I simply could not put the book down, I wanted to know more about all the alternate personalities. As I did, I realised that they were becoming real to me; I no longer thought of them in the same way. Each alter became a separate identity and expanded my thinking. I love each one of them for the role they play in making the life of Mouse bearable.
The story takes us into a place which for most of us is a no-go zone. For me, I learned so much about a condition that is so real for many people. I experienced every emotion possible reading Alternatives to A Frozen Mouse, laughing and crying often, but always enjoying every single word and wanting more!
Brilliantly written by a clearly gifted writer with so much compassion and understanding of this condition. It was my pleasure to devour every word. I am already longing for the second book; I need to know more.
Last but not least, the cover of this book is perfect; the colours and the artwork are exquisite and sensitive to the subject matter.
- J.L. (Reader Review)
Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse is an honest and raw account of what is like living with Dissosciate Identity Disorder.
Appropriately, the book is split into two perspectives, with the chapters alternating between the two authors, Anne and Jade—two sides of the same coin. Jade tries to hang onto the small amount of control she has over their shared life; while Anne wants to shed the safety of their routine and uncover the truth behind their condition.
This memoir is exquisitely crafted, with the reader learning about all the alters and their origins at a comfortable pace. Jade and Anne include real notes and emails shared between the alters over the time the book was written.
At the centre of this multifaceted and emotional universe is Mouse, the true author; the author of them all. Piece by piece, her history is unearthed and the dark origins of her condition are revealed.
- C. Mackay (Editorial Review)
Thank you for this amazing book. Enjoying reading this fabulous story. Thanks, A. J. Mouse, for sharing your journey.
– K. Audsley (Reader Review)
First of all, what is DID? Well, this is the new term for the disorder that is most known as Multiple Personality Disorder. DID stands for Dissociative Identity Disorder. The sufferer or the gifted one is mainly Jade but she has nine other alternative personalities (alters) that stay with her and help her lead a normal, productive life. Jade is married to Roger and has a son from another man by the name of Steven. Steven has a romantic partner, Eli, who both make life beautiful for Jade and her alters. The book is written interchangeably between Jade and a newborn alter by the name of Anne who acts as a psychiatrist who formulated the idea to write this book detailing their stories, their concerns, their feelings, and their experiences. Jade is in love with her husband, Roger, but Anne regards him with distaste after he called her ugly and tries to make her lose weight. Through all this, Anne, Jade, and the other alters all share a concern for the safety of Roger, Steven, and Eli because there is an ominous alter they term, the Monster, who they consider is a harm to their body and others.
I found this book to be quite an interesting read. It is interesting because I am amazed at how this condition, DID, fares. I mean, to have all those different persons living within one body is something that sounds like it only should be the stuff of horror or thriller movies but it exists and there are individuals in this world who have it. Now as I was reading through this book, I got the sense that people with DID are just like other people with other mental disorders. They are not monsters, they are not criminals, but that they are just persons who are “cursed” or “blessed” as some others look at it, and need our love, care, and understanding. I believe that this person(s) that wrote this book wrote it and chose to publish it to be read by all as a cry for support. I can see that she wants the world to know where she is coming from and that she is to be respected and understood as do all mentally disabled persons.
After reading this book, I urge you the reader who is reading this review of mine to make an effort to buy it for your reading list this year to support mental illness. As with all mental illnesses, this lady (who has alters of both sexes) had a rough childhood. The title character “Mouse” is their most beloved alter because she was hurt the most and was the victim of childhood abuse. If you are curious and an advocate of the mentally ill, do consider buying this book. I just got educated about DID because of it and I want to tell you it is not an easy or desirable condition. This author and her alters go through constant changing in order to get by on a normal day. They leave each other emails to help each other keep track of their daily activities. Take it from me, buy this book because it makes you understand and have compassion for those who suffer from a disease that the media seems to bad-name in their portrayals of it, making these innocent people look like criminals and monsters but not actually helping them in their personal quests to live productive, normal, and independent lives. The same can be said for all other sufferers of other mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar, etc. Have a great day!
– James Nikolao Toma (Author, Book Review, Blogger)
This may be one of the most difficult reviews I’ve ever had to write. About ten months ago, the author reached out to me regarding her book. She warned me that it is an autobiography about herself and DID (Dissossiative Identity Order – formally known as Multiple Personality Disorder), and was written mainly by one of her ‘personalities’, Anne. The only other book I’ve ever read regarding this subject is Sybil. Now, don’t get me wrong, I was not intimated by the book nor was I scared. I just wasn’t sure how I was going to react to an autobiography written by a person with DID. Was I going to like it? Was it going to freak me out? And, what gave me the right to criticize a book based on someone’s life??
Well, I can 100% say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While the author said it might ‘scare’ me, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only did it intrigue me, I cannot wait for the second book.
First, the writing. It was so well written, I felt as thought I was right beside Anne as she discovers the new world. I felt happiness when new hurdles were crossed. I felt anger learning about her past and the abuse she endured. I felt love and joy when introduced to her awesome son. Every emotion was present, which made this book simply amazing.
I can understand if there are skeptics while reading this. But a piece of advice I have is to go in with an open mind. It will help you embrace the story and enjoy it for what it really is: a story of healing.
As I close, I want to extend a special thank you to Anne and Jade for sharing their story with the world.
– Kristin's Novel Cafe (Blogger)