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Degree of Normal

A Woman's Journey Out of Childhood Abuse


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Degree of Normal by Barbara Harken
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At her mothers funeral, Jocelyn makes a startling discoveryshe has an aunt, her mothers sister. Not only does this woman offer college-student Jocelyn much needed employment, but Aunt Paula holds the key to unlocking family secrets, secrets Jocelyn needs to confront. With the help of her best friend Alex, Jocelyn begins a journey of knocking down inner walls she has erected from years of abuse. The question iswill those broken walls free her or bury her? And what about this new-found aunt, a restaurateur/artist who signs her paintings Charlie? In this psychological novel, enter the world of trauma survival through dissociation and redemption through love and courage. This mental health issue (Dissociative Identity Disorder) is complex and a difficult topic to undertake in a fictional book. I applaud the author for taking on this subject. ~ Dr. Debra Johnson, MD

Author Biography

Raised in Chicago, Harken moved to Iowa when she was sixteen. She taught high school English and social studies for thirty-eight years. Now retired, she dabbles in a side career as a singer. She has published educational material and personal essays and teaches writing at Wartburg College in Iowa. She is married with two grown children. Cleone Reed works as production manager, editor, and cover designer for Robert D. Reed Publishers.
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April 1st, 2017
Cover design or artwork by Cleone Reed
Country of Publication
United States
Robert D. Reed Publishers
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