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Emily, a Witch, and her son have Tourette syndrome. Can they find healing in an alternate dimension? Read and find out!|
The House at 844 1/2
Author: Elizabeth Johnson Lee
Publisher: Elizabeth Johnson Lee
Category: Realistic fantasy Level: All
Emily has trouble with her husband Gareth. Although she is both intelligent and beautiful, she lives with an embarrassing medical condition: Emily has Tourette syndrome. Thinking that Gareth therefore has all the power in their marriage, Emily allows him to treat her like the proverbial doormat.
Emily’s son Reid also has Tourette syndrome. Academic problems and bullies make school a living hell. Only the support of his friends, other “weirdos” like him, makes it bearable. They plot revenge against the bullies. In a high achieving town where many consider only an Ivy League education acceptable, Reid wonders where a place in the world exists for someone like him.
Emily accidentally enters an alternate dimension where she meets Terran. Recognizing her potential as a powerful Witch, he becomes her spiritual teacher. Only someone with a life mission as important as hers, Terran says, can enter his dimension. Reid and Emily’s increasing prophetic visions lead them to healing in ways that they never expect.
About the Author
Elizabeth Johnson Lee is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Spiritual Counselor, and First Degree Witch and Priestess. First place winner of the 1999 Jack London Writers’ Contest, she has published articles in the Bay Area Parent magazine and the Palo Alto Weekly newspaper.
She lives in Palo Alto, California with her husband, two children, and their hyperactive poodle. She and her son both have Tourette syndrome. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her at http://elizabethjohnsonlee.com.
Reviews and Testimonials
Like the protagonist in her novel, Elizabeth Johnson Lee has TS and is the parent of a child with TS. The House at 844 1/2 is set in a high achieving town where bullies at home and at school make life a constant challenge for Emily and her son Reid. Emily accidentally slips into an alternative dimension where she meets a compassionate, spiritual leader and experiences increasingly prophetic visions that lead to unexpected healing.
—Inside TSA; The Quarterly Newsletter of the National Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.
The novel tells the brave story of Emily, a wife and mother who must confront prejudice in light of her Tourette's syndrome, the strain it levies on her marriage and family, and growing awareness of her psychic abilities. She discovers the wisdom and affection of healers in an alternate reality and New Age spirituality. Her teenage son, an Indigo child, shares his mother's psychic abilities and Tourette's syndrome. He struggles against the assaults of bullies in school and indifferent teachers. There is endurance, love, and healing in the story.
—Amazon five-star review
I enjoyed reading the House at 844 1/2. It kept me involved in the story from start to finish. It's a story about a real issue, living with Tourette Syndrome, but with a creative fantasy side to it. An enjoyable read!
—Amazon four-star review
Author's Notes: Elizabeth Johnson Lee is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her article Scatterbrain won first prize in the 1999 Jack London Writer’s Contest. In October 2003 the Bay Area Parent published her article, Tourette Syndrome: Bay Area Mother Helps Child to Succeed. She is on the Board of Contributors to the Palo Alto Weekly. They published her columns Slow Down; What’s the Hurry Anyway? on 12/13/06, What to do if Your Child is Bullied on 1/30/08, On Being a Neighborhood ‘Bogey Mom’—and New Beginnings on 1/16/09, Some Therapist (and Mom) Thoughts on Adolescent Depression on 6/12/09, Smiling (ruefully) at Responses to Bi-racial Families on 7/9/10, ‘Alternative High School’ Used to be Palo Alto’s Solution to Overstressed Students on 10/1/10, Solving a Problem of Giving, Receiving … and Giving Back? On 11/26/10, and ‘Welfare Moms’ Need Respect on 1/28/11.
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