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For psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Dr. David McBride, death exerts an unusual draw. Despite his profession, he has never come to terms with the violent accident that took his brother's life, a trauma that has shaped his personality and subsequent choice of career.

But when a failed suicide, Elizabeth Cruikshank, comes into his care, he finds the deepest reaches of his suppressed history being reactivated. Elizabeth is mysteriously reticent about her own past and it is not until David recalls a painting by the Italian artist Caravaggio that she finally yields her story. As she recounts the chance encounter which took her to Rome, and her tragic tale of passion and betrayal, David begins to find a strange and disturbing reflection of his own loss in the haunted "other side" of this elusive woman. Through one long night's dialogue they journey together into a past which brings painful new insight and uncertain resolution to each of them. The Other Side of You is a powerful meditation on art, and on love in all its manifestations.

In distinctive, graceful prose, Salley Vickers explores the ways both love and art can penetrate the complexities of the human heart, to invade and change our being, and the possibilities of regeneration through another's vision and understanding.

Review:

"In this hypnotic chronicle of quiet desperation, 45-year-old English psychoanalyst David McBride has an intense and personally illuminating session with a suicidal patient that unlocks his own past. His 40-something married-with-children patient, Elizabeth Cruikshank, is silently tormented by her past love for Thomas Carrington, whom, she slowly tells David, she lost track of before her marriage, but met again in Rome as he pursued his passion for Caravaggio. David is not in love with his wife, Olivia, but doesn't much mind: he's emotionally crippled by guilt at the death of his brother in a street-crossing accident (he was five, his brother six). When he hears all of Elizabeth's story, however, something awakens. Vickers (Instances of the Number 3), a psychologist by training, portrays the therapeutic process in all of its messy glory — its imperfections, conflicts and possibilities — and she delivers wrenching conflicts of love within and outside of marriage. Caravaggio's work, in its own right and as symbolic of the role of art, becomes a lovely third theme, though not as richly plumbed as those of love and therapy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"In Salley Vickers' earlier novel about love and loss, 'Instances of the Number 3,' she wrote: 'Some say this is what is meant by the law of karma, a stepping aside from a moment of possibility only to be forever haunted by its unrealised spectre.' That Henry Jamesian sense of a missed life — of what might have been — suffuses 'The Other Side of You' and reminds us that Vickers is a novelist in the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"The novel's greatest strength is the use of setting: though at times heavy-handed, the contrast between the vivid streets of Rome and the grey avenues of London aptly mirrors the contrast between the examined and unexamined life." Library Journal

Review:

"Following in the footsteps of Iris Murdoch, Vickers is concerned with the spiritual dimensions of love and love's effect on the soul." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Salley Vickers's novel opens with the arrival of a new patient in the office of therapist David McBride. The woman, Elizabeth Cruikshank, has just attempted suicide. As the two begin to explore her history, David takes an uncommon interest in her case, a curiosity driven by a terrible loss in his own life. During one long night's dialogue, patient and therapist move together through the past, each one approaching the source of the grief that has made them who they are.

Synopsis:

In distinctive, graceful prose, Vickers explores the ways both love and art can penetrate the complexities of the human heart, to invade and change our being, and the possibilities of regeneration through another's vision and understanding.

About the Author

A former psychologist and professor of English, Salley Vickers is the author of Miss Garnet's Angel, Instances of the Number 3, and Mr. Golightly's Holiday. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374221904
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Vickers, Salley
Author:
Vickers, Sally
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Suicidal behavior
Subject:
Psychiatrists
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
20080304
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
1 in.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this hypnotic chronicle of quiet desperation, 45-year-old English psychoanalyst David McBride has an intense and personally illuminating session with a suicidal patient that unlocks his own past. His 40-something married-with-children patient, Elizabeth Cruikshank, is silently tormented by her past love for Thomas Carrington, whom, she slowly tells David, she lost track of before her marriage, but met again in Rome as he pursued his passion for Caravaggio. David is not in love with his wife, Olivia, but doesn't much mind: he's emotionally crippled by guilt at the death of his brother in a street-crossing accident (he was five, his brother six). When he hears all of Elizabeth's story, however, something awakens. Vickers (Instances of the Number 3), a psychologist by training, portrays the therapeutic process in all of its messy glory — its imperfections, conflicts and possibilities — and she delivers wrenching conflicts of love within and outside of marriage. Caravaggio's work, in its own right and as symbolic of the role of art, becomes a lovely third theme, though not as richly plumbed as those of love and therapy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The novel's greatest strength is the use of setting: though at times heavy-handed, the contrast between the vivid streets of Rome and the grey avenues of London aptly mirrors the contrast between the examined and unexamined life."
"Review" by , "Following in the footsteps of Iris Murdoch, Vickers is concerned with the spiritual dimensions of love and love's effect on the soul."
"Synopsis" by ,

Salley Vickers's novel opens with the arrival of a new patient in the office of therapist David McBride. The woman, Elizabeth Cruikshank, has just attempted suicide. As the two begin to explore her history, David takes an uncommon interest in her case, a curiosity driven by a terrible loss in his own life. During one long night's dialogue, patient and therapist move together through the past, each one approaching the source of the grief that has made them who they are.

"Synopsis" by , In distinctive, graceful prose, Vickers explores the ways both love and art can penetrate the complexities of the human heart, to invade and change our being, and the possibilities of regeneration through another's vision and understanding.
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