Pretending Normal

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Pretending Normal, formerly Lies Imitating Life, was a past quarter finalist in Ray Bradbury's New Century New Writer Award contest. It was also a past semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

1976 Before-Sara Polokovich wants out of Norwood, Pennsylvania, population 4,582, where the undertaker and the butcher are the same person. All she has to do is earn a scholarship. Just two more years...but until then, she pours over classics to strengthen her ...

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Overview

Pretending Normal, formerly Lies Imitating Life, was a past quarter finalist in Ray Bradbury's New Century New Writer Award contest. It was also a past semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

1976 Before-Sara Polokovich wants out of Norwood, Pennsylvania, population 4,582, where the undertaker and the butcher are the same person. All she has to do is earn a scholarship. Just two more years...but until then, she pours over classics to strengthen her comprehension skills, reviews for the SAT, and continues to request college brochures from every school in the northeast.

Sara's just buried her mother, her father drinks too much, and her kid sister won't leave her alone. Why can't her life be normal? Even half-normal? Why does Frank, (she refuses to think of him as her father anymore), spend all of his time in the garage with that damn '57 Chevy? And why does he have to hide bottles all over the house; in the red metal cupboard in the garage, behind the faded orange curtain in the kitchen, under the sink in the bathroom? Why can't anybody talk about what's happening?

As Sara struggles to free herself from a life of dysfunction and disease, she will learn the true depths of a parent's love and the ultimate sacrifice given- and taken- in the name of that love. Pretending Normal follows Sara Polokovich's coming of age as she discovers the truths about family with all of its flaws and weaknesses as the bond that holds one to another, in love, loyalty, even death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434879455
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/12/2013
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Campisi should have known she'd become a writer when at age thirteen she began changing the endings to all the books she read. It took several years and a number of jobs, including registered nurse, receptionist in a swanky hair salon, accounts payable clerk, and practice manager in an OB/GYN office, for her to rediscover writing. Enter a mouse-less computer, a floppy disk, and a dream large enough to fill a zip drive. The rest of the story lives on in every book she writes.

When she's not working on her craft or following the lives of five young adult children, Mary's digging in the dirt with her flowers and herbs, cooking, reading, walking her rescue lab mix, Cooper, or on the prefect day, riding off into the sunset with her very own "hero" husband, on his Ultra Limited aka Harley.

Mary has been published with Kensington, Carina Press, and The Wild Rose Press.

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

    One of those books that you don't put down until you close the b

    One of those books that you don't put down until you close the back cover and then suffer separation anxiety. A beautifully written book with characters that almost everyone can relate to and situations that illustrate the frailties and strengths of the human condition. This book will stay with me for awhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Just good

    I read many of her books but this one was not too good. Story was ok and very realistic but it just did not get to me as much as other books.

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