Set This House in Order

A Romance of Souls

Ruff, Matt

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Set This House in Order
Andy Gage was born in 1965 and murdered not long after by his stepfather. . . . It was no ordinary murder. Though the torture and abuse that killed him were real, Andy Gage's death wasn't. Only his soul actually died, and when it died, it broke in pieces. Then the pieces became souls in their own right, coinheritors of Andy Gage's life. . . . While Andy deals with the outside world, more than a hundred other souls share an imaginary house inside Andy's head, struggling to maintain an orderly coexistence: Aaron, the father figure; Adam, the mischievous teenager; Jake, the frightened little boy; Aunt Sam, the artist; Seferis, the defender; and Gideon, who wants to get rid of Andy and the others and run things on his own. Andy's new coworker, Penny Driver, is also a multiple personality, a fact that Penny is only partially aware of. When several of Penny's other souls ask Andy for help, Andy reluctantly agrees, setting in motion a chain of events that threatens to destroy the stability of the house. Now Andy and Penny must work together to uncover a terrible secret that Andy has been keeping . . . from himself.
Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780060954857
Branch Call Number: FICTION RUFF 2004
Characteristics: 479 p. ;,24 cm


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The soul of an abused boy is split into more than a hundred pieces, each with its own personality.

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I LOVED this book. Very interesting concept of how someone might deal with multiple personality disorder. One of the best books I've read in years!

I didn't rate this one because I didn't read the whole thing. The main characters are the "souls" that live in one body, like a multiple personality disorder situation. This is an interesting idea, but there was nothing captivating in the characters themselves for me, so I stopped reading it.

Jul 13, 2011
  • jbrannon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. A-freakin'-mazing.

Feb 07, 2011
  • janeloise rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was excellent. So creative! I've never read anything like it!


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