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Pretending Normal

Mary Campisi

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ISBN 10: 1434879453 / ISBN 13: 9781434879455
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
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Title: Pretending Normal

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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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 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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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.

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