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Publisher's Summary

"Catherine Gildiner is nothing short of masterful - as both a therapist and writer. In these pages, she has gorgeously captured both the privilege of being given access to the inner chambers of people's lives, and the meaning that comes from watching them grow into the selves they were meant to be." (Lori Gottlieb, New York Times best-selling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone)

In this fascinating narrative, therapist Catherine Gildiner’s presents five of what she calls her most heroic and memorable patients. Among them: A successful, first-generation Chinese immigrant musician suffering sexual dysfunction; a young woman whose father abandoned her at age nine with her younger siblings in an isolated cottage in the depth of winter; and a glamorous workaholic whose narcissistic, negligent mother greeted her each morning of her childhood with "Good morning, Monster". 

Each patient presents a mystery, one that will only be unpacked over years. They seek Gildiner's help to overcome an immediate challenge in their lives but discover that the source of their suffering has been long buried. As in such recent classics as The Glass Castle and Educated, each patient embodies self-reflection, stoicism, perseverance, and forgiveness as they work unflinchingly to face the truth. Gildiner's account of her journeys with them is moving, insightful, and sometimes very funny. 

Good Morning, Monster offers an almost novelistic, behind-the-scenes look into the therapist's office, illustrating how the process can heal even the most unimaginable wounds. 

Amazon.com Best Books of the Year - 2020

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press 

"Good Morning, Monster allows one the privilege of seeing the therapist-patient relationship as an essentially human interaction." (JM Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature) 

©2020 Catherine Gildiner (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Great Listen

I enjoyed listening to this book while driving to visit family. Good life lessons to use.

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Very inspiring it you are going through difficulti

Very inspiring it you are going through difficulties.
Tells stories of people who went through hell and came out on the other side.

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Wow!

This book was a ride from every beginning to every finish. Every character brought a while new level of surprise. It's horrible to comprehend the atrocities that people live through. And these patients truly lived through some AWFUL stuff. I was incredible impressed with Gilder's willingness to learn more when she didn't understand. Especially with Danny. the way she actively looked into native history and practices, and acknowledged herself as a white person using white therapy. Some people will never understand their distinct privilege that comes with race. Kudos to her. Gilder also did an incredible job of retelling the tales. I felt like every goodbye she had with her client was also my goodbye. it comes to show the amazing benefits it therapy and the very unique and intense role the therapist has.

I almost rated performance a 4, the way that she spoke for Peter is as pretty insulting, but thankfully by the second or third chapter she stopped the way she was talking for him.

all in all an amazing listen

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Cheaper than Therapy

This book felt like it was written for me. So many times I've questioned why some people are the way they are, why I attract the people I do.....and now I know. This book is so well written and makes me want to read more.

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Great book

I thought it was a great book it kept you reading until the end. The people she used were awesome

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Powerful, Revalitory, and Touching.

Fascinating true stories about the experiences and challenges that dwell beneath the surface, yet rudder our course. And how through understanding these forces , we can take the helm and control our life path.

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Powerful

Just when you think to yourself, “This is going to be the story that hits me hardest” the next one comes along and you reevaluate. This book is a marvelous testament to people, all of us broken in our own ways.

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Fantastic Book

The title caught my eye and I was not disappointed.
Want a book with great narration? Where the narrator changes tone and inflection? This book has it!
Want a book where you cheer for the real life heroes and the doctor helping them? This is the one.
I cried after each story of the patient’s life.
Read this book, you won’t regret it

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Great book!

I could not stop listening! The stories told are incredible and eye opening. A must read!

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Wonderful

So much food for thought throughout these brave stories. Thank you for this book. It gave me the opportunity to ask myself a lot of questions I’d never thought of before.