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People As Scars

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Aaron Black sheds the stigma of Dissociative Identity Disorder and other psychiatric conditions in this Contemporary fiction.

Seventeen year old Jessie just wants a normal teenage life. He wants to go to school. He wants to meet girls. He maybe even wants to make friends -- if everyone could stop gawking at him. Jessie notices the stares, but can't decide if they're looking because he's the new guy at school, or because he's a boy stuck in a girl's body. No, he's not transgender. It's just that he shares a body with his nineteen year old sister, Jess, who is a bit too mature for high school.


In Aaron Black's People As Scars, readers follow the perspective of a DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) patient, turning the bland routine of school into a labyrinth of mystery, leaving readers contemplating what will happen next -- and guessing what happened in the past. Seamlessly blending first person and third person narration to give his characters a voice, Aaron Black offers us just enough information to keep us turning the page, wanting to know the truth of our main characters.


Although at times there are some outdated references and language, it speaks to the characters' experience -- being outcasted from society and trying to blend in. I appreciate Black's consciousness in depicting a DID patient as a complex human being with individual thoughts and emotion. Readers of this story may relate to the experiences of Jessie and Jess, making this book a great way to shed the stigma of Dissociative Identity Disorder and other psychiatric conditions.


People As Scars is a contemporary fiction that draws you in, and makes you empathize with the multiple people inside one protagonist. It's a very interesting concept, and I applaud Black's writing and ability to portray such a complex main character with ease.


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MA in Multicultural Literature.
A fondness for YA fiction; historical fiction; cross-genre; graphic novels/manga.
Some of my favorite books were written by Adichie, Adeyemi, Murakami, Lee Min Jin, and Coelho.

About the author

Aaron Black is an award-winning author at the collegiate level who has worked professionally in publishing since 1999. In writing People As Scars, he engaged in extensive research in the topics of gender identity and multiple personality disorder as well as integration of self. view profile

Published on May 20, 2019

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90000 words

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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