Mental health especially post-partum depression play significantly in this story. How does Eva’s journey shed light on mental illness? In what ways did you empathize with this mother/woman struggling through a mental health crisis?
I empathize with her because I too have struggled with mental health. And when others that you trust begin to question your reality, you too begin to question your truth, and this really messes with your brain. The author portrays this realistically.
Eva’s doubts about her own sanity contribute much to the plot. It is very frightening not to trust one’s own mind.
Eva was an alcoholic who needed help, not enablers. I had empathy for her problems, and kept hoping she would catch a break, find out the truth (which we knew would be revealed before the book ended). But when she made the decision to have sex with Sammy, she was no longer the antagonist of the story to me. And then her husband came home, and they lived happily after all the additional trauma, accusations, and infidelity? I was able to believe in the Magick elements of the story much more than the happy ending.
Had many grouchy moments with this tricky issue. My work with children/students from these messy distracted families the level of destruction heartbreak daily trauma individuals suffering from these issues deliver is devastating. While its “cute” to live fantastical life in Magick attempting to turn your artistic hobby into a dependable economic reality that extra stress is typically overwhelming to children ias they struggle with their own growth issues. If an adult cannot understand the personal sacrifices needing to be made for the sake of their children so wish they wouldnt have kids. My office would not be crammed jammed filled… Read more »