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Good Morning, Monster


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CATHERINE GILDINER was a clinical psychologist in private practice for twenty-five years. Her best-selling memoir Too Close to The Falls was published to international acclaim. She lives in Toronto.



"Both wrenching and hopeful." --Newsweek "For fans of Lori Gottlieb... a therapist recounts five of her most fascinating patients, with a focus on how heroic they are for overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles." --Business Insider "Affecting... Insightful psychological lessons of special interest to readers on therapeutic journeys of their own." --Kirkus "Heart-wrenching stories... [that] inspire awe for the ways people who suffered horrific abuse were able to find a measure of recovery." --Publisher's Weekly "A fascinating memoir...heartwarming, heartbreaking, and inspirational." --Midwest Book Review "Although this book centers on the healing of Gildiner's patients, it is also about her own gifts and growth as a therapist... Hats off to Gildiner for doing a heroic therapeutic job and for writing about it so eloquently." --New York Journal "Gildiner's subject is heroism--writ large and with poignant specificity in five unforgettable patients' lives. Good Morning, Monster will bolster your faith in human endurance, and make you root more fiercely for us all." --Paula McLain, author of Love and Ruin and The Paris Wife "These stories show how the process of therapy can heal even the deepest wound and most traumatic of experiences." --Lee Woodruff "Allows one the privilege of seeing the therapist-patient relationship as an essentially human interaction." --JM Coetzee, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature "Enthusiastic and insightful" --Toronto Star "As anyone who has sat through a Zoom therapy session knows, there's really no substitute for the real thing. But, the book world is giving it a shot... Good Morning, Monster by Catherine Gildiner is a psychologist's retelling of five of her most memorable (and harrowing) cases." --Entertainment Weekly "Brilliant piece of work, both heart-rending and chilling. I was moved to tears... a great book for any time. I had promised myself that I would read one episode for each of five days. Instead I read right through from beginning to end." --Valery Hemingway, author of Running With the Bulls "Like Oliver Sacks, Catherine Gildiner loves her patients... Gildiner is a master of shoot-from-the-hip nonfiction--funny, direct and honest about what she sees in others and what she sees in herself. Highly readable!" --Susan Swan, author of The Wives of Bath "Gildiner is astute, active, pragmatic, and hopeful. She is also very funny. Her wit and her wisdom are gifts shared with these five people--and now with all of us readers." --David S. Goldbloom, co-author of How Can I Help?: A week in My Life as a Psychiatrist "These stories are almost mythic in their power... I couldn't put this book down." --Antanas Sileika, author of Provisionally Yours "Compelling, heart-in-throat stories prove no one is 'damaged goods.' I'm in awe of the five patients and of Gildiner's exceptional creativity as she guides each one toward emotional freedom." --Rona Maynard, author of My Mother's Daughter

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