After the Fire by Jane Rule

By Jane Rule

5 ladies at severe crossroads of their lives come jointly during this gem of a singular set on an island off the coast of Vancouver

After the fireplace introduces a quintet of very diverse girls as they try with abandonment, loss, and new beginnings—both jointly and on my own. there's Karen Tasuki, who lately separated from her accomplice and wonders if she’ll ever get used to being on my own . . . till she befriends pink, who cleans homes for the island’s privileged population. pass over James is the eccentric Southern spinster born on the flip of the century. Milly Forbes is a lady whose husband “went scot unfastened after stealing two decades of her life.” And the practical Henrietta “Hen” Hawkins yearns for her absent, ailing husband. On a rural island that they dub a “used-wife lot,” the 5 heroines nurture each other as they take care of loneliness, loss of life, and renewed lifestyles. Imbued with wit and compassion, After the fireplace is a singular approximately girls loving girls and girls supporting women—and the bond that transcends age, race, or even gender.

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Self-evident death and death-related events. The first class of dea related events includes a variety of happenings that are linked to death via loss, separation, harm, and endings. They include: a. Death—of loved ones and others, including animals. b. Illness and injury—of self and others, including animals. c. Physical deprivations and the loss of protection and nutrients d. Destruction—of inanimate objects like houses and office buildings; of places like forests; of cities and countries; etc.

Once registered unconsciously, these deeply re­ pressed impressions and meanings are processed, but the results of this processing and the memories themselves have no means of direct, undisguised access to awareness. The contents that are under deep-unconscious-system repres­ sion are different from those that are under conscious-system re­ pression, and the repressive barriers themselves are different as well. Where the contents under conscious-system repression have originally been registered consciously and are directly retrievable, most of the contents under deep-unconscious-system repression have originally been registered unconsciously and can be retrieved only in encoded form—there is no direct recall of these contents whatsoever.

Patients tend consciously and unconsciously to be protective of their therapists. They are quite uncomfortable not only with direct confrontations with therapists regarding hurtful interventions, but in expressing hurtful encoded perceptions of the therapists' errant ways. Similarly, their need to idealize their therapists prompts them defensively to avoid acknowledging both conscious and un­ conscious perceptions of their healer's illnesses or injuries. These defensive attitudes and communicative tendencies are unconsciously reinforced by therapists' own general resistances against working over insightfully their patients' valid unconscious perceptions of their damaging errors.

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