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From the Author
The idea for Pretending Normal came to me when I began to play around with the question- What would happen if the responsible parent in the family died, leaving only the dysfunctional one to care for two teenager daughters? Ask any child of such a family and the answer would be -‘nightmare’. In this case, Frank Polokovich, a man who has lived his life smothered in regret and alcohol is that nightmare. His oldest daughter, Sara, will learn the truth about human frailty and the meaning of family with all of its flaws and weaknesses as the bond that holds one to another, in love, loyalty, even death.
From the Inside Flap
Almost two months have passed since I left and came to live here. I only went back to the old house once, to pack up some clothes and a few books. Aunt Irene said not to worry about bringing a lot of things with me. We’d buy what I needed, kind of like taking on a new identity. I know she wants to give me a fresh start, but I can’t erase fifteen years with a new bedspread and a different address.
My old life is somewhere deep inside. A closet full of new clothes and a different zip code won’t make it go away. Some days I have to look in the mirror, touch my face, speak in my voice, to see that at least I’m in the same body; at least I haven’t disappeared altogether.
About the Author
Mary Campisi should have known she’d become a writer when at age thirteen she began changing the ending 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 perfect day, riding off into the sunset with her very own ‘hero’ husband on his Electra Glide Classic aka Harley.
Mary has also published with Kensington Publishing, Carina Press, The Wild Rose Press, and Jocelyn Hollow Romance.