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By Jane Rule

5 girls at serious crossroads of their lives come jointly during this gem of a unique set on an island off the coast of Vancouver

After the fireplace introduces a quintet of very assorted girls as they fight 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 by myself . . . until eventually she befriends crimson, who cleans homes for the island’s privileged population. leave out 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 focus on loneliness, dying, and renewed lifestyles. Imbued with wit and compassion, After the fireplace is a unique approximately girls loving girls and ladies supporting women—and the bond that transcends age, race, or even gender.

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The Meaning of Death (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1959), Chapter 6; G. Rochlin, Griefs and Discontents (Boston: Little, Brown, 1967), p. 67. J. Bowlby, Maternal Care and Mental Health (Geneva: World Health Organization, 1952), p. 11. Cf. Walter Tietz, ‘‘School Phobia and the Fear of Death,’’ Mental Hygiene, 1970, 54:565–8. J. C. Rheingold, The Mother, Anxiety and Death: The Catastrophic Death Complex (Boston: Little, Brown, 1967). A. J. Levin, ‘‘The Fiction of the Death Instinct,’’ Psychiatric Quarterly, 1951, 25:257–81.

2004 3:59am page 34 Symbolic Immortality Jung was convinced that the unconscious part of the mind has a timeless quality and that belief in eternal life is consistent with the timelessness of the unconscious. To achieve psychological wholeness, in his view, requires that one become more in touch with this part of the unconscious in daily living. In his autobiography, published posthumously, Jung wrote: If we understand and feel that here in this life we already have a link with the infinite, desires and attitudes change.

Whichever image we choose to identify with depends in large part upon ourselves. Let us then explore and develop these images further to see what they reveal to us. 30 NOTES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 S. Freud, ‘‘Thoughts for the Times on War and Death,’’ 1915, Collected Papers, vol. 4 (New York: Basic Books, 1959), pp. 316–17. , for example, A. L. Cochrane, ‘‘Elie Metschnikoff and His Theory of an ‘Instinct de la Mort,’ ’’ International Journal of Psychoanalysis 1934, 15:265–70; G.

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