An intriguing detailed account of Chris Costner Sizemore's life and her struggle with dissociative personality disorder. She is sometimes better known as Eve from the movie, The Three Faces of Eve, but that movie does not depict her life accurately or completely. This book does. Written by her loving cousin and herself, this story steps the reader through Chris's life from early childhood until age 48 when the book was finished.
Engaging, heartbreaking, intriguing.
What was it like to live as 22 different people? To be a virgin one minute, a wanton the next? To become pregnant as one woman and give birth as another? To move in seconds from vibrant youth to trembling old age. To change in a husband's arms from a loving wife to a savage shrew? And to desperately try and fail and try again with the aid of doctors, family and loved ones to find her own true face behind the many masks? From Chris Costner Sizemore's own memories, her torment and her hard-won triumph comes this remarkable autobiography.
Pittillo writes this from Chris' notes in third person. I'm Eve portrays an intelligent, creative child who's sensitive nature struggled with tragedies that both she and her therapists thought caused her "split" personalities.
Whenever Chris had to face something traumatic, frightening, or unpleasant, she found herself hiding behind personalities that took over to deal with each terrifying situation.
It seemed to me that she became totally lost as to who she really was as she was someone different to each person. Has she actually ever come to terms with who she is?
This is an interesting read into how women were treated at this era of life and that these types of problems were so poorly understood by all those involved.
It is a definite must-read if you're interested in multiple personality types. I found the book to be somewhat depressing for the theraputic help that Chris received and how those same doctors appeared to take advantage of her when it came to Hollywood and those "big bucks" being dangled in front of them. The doctors who were there to help her appeared to do their best to keep her away from the money which she so rightly deserved which I found disturbing.
This is another autobiography from the woman who was the subject of *Three Faces of Eve* and later wrote *Final Face of Eve* as "Evelyn Lancaster". She lived for many years with multiple personalities and much of the book is about this. Definitely recommended for Eve fans or anyone loving insane tales of...insanity.