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A Hidden Life

Coming Spring 2022!

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After twelve years, a 27-year-old public relations senior account manager thinks she’s finally past losing her mother to a freak accident. Her career is red hot, her loft is huge, and her one-night stands are often. She relies on no one. So, it comes as no surprise to her when she lands the biggest client of her career – a controversial androgynous nonbinary singing superstar. But when a chance encounter brings a young girl with a missing mother into her life, the details around her mother’s death and paranoid delusions start to haunt her. She must suddenly learn to balance her own mental illness, the memories of her mother, as well as the added burden of an unexpected young girl in need.

About

“I want to present a different face of mental illness, not the sea foam green psych wards, padded walls and waiting rooms, not Natalie Portman in Black Swan or Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or most frighteningly Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker. It shouldn’t be associated with fear, guilt, shame or otherness. Mental illness looks like me, it looks like you, it looks like our friends and family.

⁠A Hidden Life provides a fresh and modern take on what exactly mental health means to us all.”

Stephanie Jones - Desiree Thomas-10

Reviews

Eliana G., Copywriter

“A Hidden Life is an entertaining, powerful and uplifting read. But more than anything, A Hidden Life is an important read, because it opens the door to a discussion that we aren’t seeing enough of in today’s culture…”

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Alexis, Healthcare Professional

“A Hidden Life: The life I’ve lived is an honest and impactful book which explores the realities and the challenges of mental illness in today’s society. As a healthcare worker I found this story particularly special as it addresses the topic of mental health…”

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“A raw, funny, and insightful novel, that readers will not want to put down. As a Clinical Social Worker, I believe this novel provides honesty in the realities many living with a mental illness experience..."Read More

Simone Donaldson, MSW, RSW, Consultant & Therapist, Agapé Lens Consulting and Therapy 

“A raw, funny, and insightful novel, that readers will not want to put down. As a Clinical Social Worker, I believe this novel provides honesty in the realities many living with a mental illness experience…”

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"An excellent peek into the life of a young woman managing her mental illness in today's society! The story brings to light the daily struggles she and others face, which is relevant to so many people today..."Read More

Maureen Hochdorf, Writer & Editor

“An excellent peek into the life of a young woman managing her mental illness in today’s society! The story brings to light the daily struggles she and others face, which is relevant to so many people today…”

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