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The Reluctant Psychic

The Reluctant Psychic

A Memoir

Suzan Saxman with Perdita Finn

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

We all, as children, saw imaginary friends and heard monsters in the closet. But for Suzan Saxman, those friends and monsters didn't go away, and they weren't imaginary. They were the dead who came to her from the time she was a little girl with urgent messages for the living. Raised in a house filled with secrets, she saw and spoke the truth as soon as she could talk, alarming the nuns in her convent school with her revelations and terrifying her own mother with her strange visions. Each night she woke to see a man with no eyes watching her, and each day she kept watch by the window while her father was at work and Steve, her real father, a swarthy drifter, rendezvoused with her mother. It was the 1960s in suburban Staten Island and she tried to hide it all, and be a daughter her mother could love.

Always skeptical of her tremendous gift, she struggled to come to terms with her calling even as she revealed the destinies of everyone, from housewives to hit men, stockbrokers to rock-and-rollers. She could witness everyone's future, everyone's but her own. Why was she visited by angels and demons? Could she ever escape this strange fate? Where was her own soul mate?

Now Suzan tells the story of her journey and tries to make sense of her family's buried secrets. Through powerful readings of others' destinies interwoven with compelling narrative, a reluctant psychic emerges from the shadows.



This Is What a Psychic's Invisible Friends Look Like

As soon as I began speaking, I knew I couldn't let anyone hear my real voice. How old was I? A little older than one? Maybe two? But I knew that I was not a child.



Praise for The Reluctant Psychic

“This is a story of a dysfunctional family that could be almost any dysfunctional family, except for the ghosts, spirits, and demons.... As a compelling family drama, this strange spiritual memoir somehow works.” —Booklist

“Suzan Saxman has done an exceptional job of penning an extremely interesting view of what it means to have genuine psychic abilities. I applaud Ms. Saxman for the courage and tenacity to tell her story...she is a woman of substance who tells it like she lived (and lives) it and affirms throughout the notion that there are NO coincidences in this life we live...a truly engaging memoir.” —Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“Animal communicators have long fascinated me, so I began reading Suzan Saxman's memoir with pleasure. [This] gripping account... [is] a must read for anyone who's drawn to new ways of understanding animals and the world we share.” —Best Friends Magazine

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About the author

Suzan Saxman with Perdita Finn

Suzan Saxman lives in Woodstock, NY, and runs a small shop called The White Gryphon Boutique and Studio. She is a lifelong vegetarian and passionate animal rights advocate. THE RELUCTANT PSYCHIC is her first book.

Perdita Finn is a writer whose books include the Time Flyers series. She and her husband are the founders of a non-denominational rosary fellowship in Woodstock, NY.

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