About the Book:
Attempting to overcome the restrictions aging & leaving her childhood behind, a precocious youth manages to break through the barriers of Time as she ventures through a seamless void, finding herself on a spiritual adventure through the figments of paranoia & anxiety where she attempts to escape the constraints & heartbreak of adulthood. Within the strange void, she confronts/consults three massive colossal metaphysical titans while discovering the reasons to return home again.
“ANXIOUS ANNA & THE SOULS” explores themes of Existence & Non-Existence, Self-Worth, Accession, as well all of the Anxieties that come from Fear of the Unknown, Fear of Losing Childhood & Fear of Failure.
Guest Reviewer Frannie’s Thoughts:
Anxious Anna & The Souls” is about a young girl who, at her 8th birthday, is riddled with anxiety and concerns about growing up. Her imagination takes her outside of reality to an imaginary world where she meets an old man who helps her navigate and understand the depth of life and existence. She is forced to address her fear of becoming an adult the potential for failure.
Her enlightened adventure begins when she steps outside of the planes of time and space in her mind. Anna is introduced to three colossal metaphysical souls who will educate and guide her through the depth of understanding her life and existence. Each soul symbolizes one of her greatest fears: paradox, void, and singularity. These are all a part of her suffering and the angst that she must learn to overcome and navigate what is to come next in her life.
The writing is incredibly imaginative with glorious descriptions of these souls coming alive and interacting with her grief, doubt, and fears. The philosophical intrigue of existence, self-worth and the unknown keep us cognizant of the frightening aspects of societal withdrawal and depression that can stop us in our tracks.
I cannot imagine why an 8-year-old would be consumed with regret and paranoia, but I know that anxiety and panic disorders are real. My heart went out to Anna–and really to anyone who suffers from debilitating anxiety.
I loved the intertwined references to spirituality and existentialism. It is an introspective reading. If pondered, it will make you look at the baggage you have from your youth and help you to address your own “Inner Child”. The book provided a supportive and introspective look at oneself, along with a touch of philosophy and fantasy. I would recommend reading it – maybe even a couple of times.
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