Donna Kissam


Ms Balogh, I am wondering something after a re-read of several of your works: how is it that you have sketched such an exquisitely sensitive and detailed portrait of multiple people with Borderline Personality Disorder without ever actually naming it as such which would of course be an anachronism? The one that stands out is Someone Perfect. I was raised by a Borderline mother and I identified so strongly with Maria; the way you have to twist yourself and agree to hate those she hates. This book was cathartic for me because of that; as a child and a young teen, I had to support and mirror her hatred, was required to be her accomplice…and this book really helped me see that I was a child and I was doing what I had to do to survive my caretaker. Thank you for your work.

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