The Medium

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, May 17, 2012 - Fiction - 420 pages

In 1940's New Jersey, Helen Schneider struggles not only with the uncertainties of life and love during war time, but also with the unique challenge of how to heed the insistent voices of the dead.

Helen's childhood is marked with vivid premonitions, and as a young woman, her gift expands to include automatic writing and the rare ability to make spirits materialize. Her German grandmother, a sometimes fraudulent medium, urges her to learn the techniques that keep clients happy. The U. S. Army wants to employ Helen as a psychic spy, and they're willing to use threats to recruit her. Her boyfriend Billy disapproves of her freakish talent, and Helen fears the day may come when he asks her to choose between it and him. Helen, assailed by these battling demands, resolves to determine why the dead come to her and what to do about it.

This historical tale of suspense and romance is rich with details that animate both the home front during World War II and the mysterious, eerily appealing realm of ghosts and spirit guides.

 

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Contents

JUNE 1942
AUGUST 1942
NOVEMBER 1942
JANUARY 1943
FEBRUARY 1943
JUNE 1943
JULY 1943
DECEMBER 1943

CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
NOVEMBER 1937
CHAPTER 12
JULY 1938
OCTOBER 1938
JULY 1939
AUGUST 1940
September 1940
February 1941
June 1941
DECEMBER 1941
CHAPTER 18
CHAPTER 19
January 1942
February 1942
MARCH 1942
APRIL 1942
MAY 1942
JANUARY 1944
CHAPTER 32
FEBRUARY 1944
MARCH 1944
APRIL 1944
MAY 1944
CHAPTER 37
JUNE 1944
CHAPTER 39
CHAPTER 40
CHAPTER 41
July 1944
AUGUST 1944
CHAPTER 43
SEPTEMBER 1944
CHAPTER 45
OCTOBER 1944
DECEMBER 1944
APRIL 1945
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About the author (2012)

NoŽlle Sickels writes historical fiction, including Walking West, The Shopkeeper's Wife, and The Medium. Sickels has published award-winning short stories in magazines and anthologies. A native of New Jersey, she is a retired teacher living in Los Angeles and Ojai, California with her husband and cat. Much of her non-writing time is happily taken up by her granddaughter, who also likes good stories.

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