For my final paper in my favorite class so far, the assignment was to write out a course of narrative therapy with a fictional LGBTQ character. We were to include dialogue and explanations of the theoretical basis for what we were doing.

I initially meant to choose Maud, one of the two Victorian lesbian heroines in Sarah Waters' dark, twisty Gothic thriller Fingersmith. But the Japan trip cut my time short, and I realized that the historical nature and the lack of a recent re-read meant I wouldn't be able to do it justice.

Instead, I went for a character in a contemporary novel which I knew very well, Robertson Davies' The Lyre of Orpheus. (It's the last book in The Cornish Trilogy, but can be read alone. The character in therapy only appears in the final book.) I counseled Schnak, the inarticulate, eccentric, teenage genius composer.

Cut for being very long (7 pages double-spaced) and for containing spoilers. Though it's not really the sort of book where plot spoilers matter that much.

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I need recommendations for books which are likely to appeal to an 11-year-old who likes sf, fantasy, and the Alex Rider series, AND to a 10-year-old who likes mysteries and Lemony Snicket. To clarify: a single book must appeal to BOTH kids.

On a completely different topic, I double-checked with my Queer Narrative professor, and got an okay to do a fictional therapy session with a queer character from a historical work. He said to just insert myself-as-therapist into their historical context. I am leaning toward one of the heroines in Sarah Waters' Fingersmith. Lots of issues regarding social narratives, personal "stories," "problem-saturated narratives," queerness, and "madness" there! (I could also counsel them as a couple, but we haven't yet gotten into couple's counseling so I don't feel on firm ground with that.)


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