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We all, as children, had our imaginary friends and monsters in the closet. But for Suzan Saxman, those friends and monsters didn't go away—and they weren't imaginary.From an early age, Suzan knew instinctively that she had to hide her true self. She couldn't talk about the specters who haunted her, waking and dreaming. In bed with a childhood fever, winged beings guarded her; bullied and friendless at school, she ate lunch silently under the steps of St. Theresa's with the ghost of a nun; paralyzed with fear, she woke each night to see a man with no eyes, watching her; and she kept watch at the window, every day, while her real father was at work and Steve, her other father, was with her mother. It was the 1960s in suburban Staten Island and she tried to hide it all—to silence the spirits, ghosts and her own developing abilities to tap into people's futures. She tried to be a daughter her mother could love.Now, with Perdita Finn, Suzan tells the story of her journey in The Reluctant Psychic, and tries to make sense of her mother's own personal buried secrets that were never acknowledged. She tells of the joy and terror in seeing things others couldn't and understanding what no one else expected—and the loneliness and sadness of possessing a tremendous gift. Through powerful readings of others' destinies interwoven with compelling narrative, a reluctant psychic emerges into the light.

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        December 1, 2014
        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.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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From an early age, Suzan knew instinctively that she had to hide her true self. She couldn't talk about the specters who haunted her, waking and dreaming. In bed with a childhood fever, rat-faced winged beings guarded her; bullied and friendless at school, she ate lunch silently under the steps of St. Theresa's with the ghost of a nun; paralyzed with fear, she woke each night to see a man with no eyes, watching her; and she kept watch at the window, every day, while her Daddy was at work and Steve, her real father, was with her mother. It was the 1960's, suburban Staten Island, and she tried to hide it, tried to silence the spirits, ghosts, and demons, tried to be a daughter her mother could love. Like many memoirs, Suzan's is the story of a mother and a daughter: of a mother who refused to accept both...

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