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Title:
The reluctant psychic : a memoir
Author:
Saxman, Suzan.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
344 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
We all, as children, saw imaginary friends and heard monsters in the closet. But for Suzan Saxman, those friends and monsters didn't go away--and they weren't imaginary. They were the dead who came to her from the time she was a little girl with urgent messages for the living. Raised in a house filled with secrets, she saw and spoke the truth as soon as she could talk, alarming the nuns in her convent school with her revelations and terrifying her own mother with her strange visions. Each night she woke to see a man with no eyes watching her, and each day she kept watch by the window while her father was at work and Steve, her real father, a swarthy drifter, rendezvoused with her mother. It was the 1960s in suburban Staten Island and she tried to hide it all, and be a daughter her mother could love.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781250047717
Format :
Book

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Summary

We all, as children, saw imaginary friends and heard monsters in the closet. But for Suzan Saxman, those friends and monsters didn't go away-and they weren't imaginary. They were the dead who came to her from the time she was a little girl with urgent messages for the living. Raised in a house filled with secrets, she saw and spoke the truth as soon as she could talk, alarming the nuns in her convent school with her revelations and terrifying her own mother with her strange visions. Each night she woke to see a man with no eyes watching her, and each day she kept watch by the window while her father was at work and Steve, her real father, a swarthy drifter, rendezvoused with her mother. It was the 1960s in suburban Staten Island and she tried to hide it all, and be a daughter her mother could love.

Always skeptical of her tremendous gift, she struggled to come to terms with her calling even as she revealed the destinies of everyone, from housewives to hit men, stockbrokers to rock-and-rollers. She could witness everyone's future-everyone's but her own. Why was she visited by angels and demons? Could she ever escape this strange fate? Where was her own soul mate?

Now Suzan tells the story of her journey and tries to make sense of her family's buried secrets. Through powerful readings of others' destinies interwoven with compelling narrative, a reluctant psychic emerges from the shadows.


Author Notes

Suzan Saxman lives in Woodstock, NY, and runs a small shop called The White Gryphon Boutique and Studio. She is a lifelong vegetarian and passionate animal rights advocate. THE RELUCTANT PSYCHIC is her first book.

Perdita Finn is a writer whose books include the Time Flyers series. She and her husband are the founders of a non-denominational rosary fellowship in Woodstock, NY.


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Booklist Review

There are a number of biographies of psychics, but this one, unlike many, doesn't particularly focus on Saxman's clientele; they appear, for the most part, in brief vignettes concluding each chapter. This is more a story of a dysfunctional family that could be almost any dysfunctional family, except for the ghosts, spirits, and demons. Most of the family drama occurs between Saxman and her uptight, often cruel mother, though Saxman's father, a handsome vagabond, consumes the thoughts of both mother and daughter. But Saxman was also obsessed with the young British actor Jack Wild, who played in Oliver. The drama of her search for Wild, and the eventual revelation of their relationship, will keep readers turning pages. Those skeptical of all things paranormal probably won't be persuaded by Saxman's glimpse into the other world. And she doesn't offer much advice to readers, either, other than warning them about Mother Earth's impatience (and potential vengeance). Still, as a compelling family drama, this strange spiritual memoir somehow works.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist


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