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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466977094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466977099
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,589,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I'm often asked what inspired me to write Seeking Normal. Basically, it was derived from a desire to offer solace to others in similar situations; to let my children know what happened to me - - from me; and to help me heal with a final peace.

I'm partway into writing a second novel that is concerned with a southern family's ordeal; they are Southerners divided. Most family members joined and fought for Lincoln's Union yet one brother initially joined the Confederacy.

Writing the latter story is interesting and fun, whereas Seeking Normal was not; rather it was a release for three previously mentioned aims. At this point, the latter novel's title is Rich Valley and for how long is uncertain.

Jane St. John
  • Seeking Normal

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"Seeking Normal" resonates. It gives insight concerning the impact tragedies can have on people suffering daily and the actions taken to overcome the demons imagined or real.

"This is much more interesting and poignant than the back cover of the book reveals. Very well written in both content and style, it is a treatise to the human spirit regarding hope and overcoming adversity. It is truly a story of one women's perseverance and her ability to accept that what is normal for her may not be what society values as normal."
                                                                                         -The US Review of Books 


She believes, by sharing aspects of our lives we bring a light to others in similar situations so that they too are able to see a way out of their own personal darkness.

"For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; . . . neither hid, that shall not be known."

Luke 12:2

More About the Author

A former teacher and technical writer, the author holds a BA degree in History and English and a Secondary Teaching Credential from a University in California. Her background includes a Diploma in Novel Writing from Long Ridge Writers Group from West Redding, Connecticut. In addition, she was accepted into the Masters Program at Stanislaus State University in California but prior to completion chose to remove herself because of issues with her Mental Illness.

Although Seeking Normal is her first novel, she's been published by The Storyteller, a writer's magazine in the South as well as newspapers in California and Colorado.

Today she is living a free fun filled life in Nevada where she is happy, satisfied and somewhat grateful that her move to the mid-west didn't materialize. Because of the economy's downward spiral, she decided to remain at her job.

Ms St. John is midway into writing her second novel; a true story concerned with a southern family's ordeal during our civil war; a story based on her father's ancestors who even though living in the south joined Lincoln's Union rather than join the Confederacy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Syble J. Eisenhauer on October 9, 2013
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This well-written book shows how one young woman eventually overcame the trauma of some very disturbing events in her life and was able to reach the normality that she sought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Wise on February 22, 2014
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And, yes, there is life during and after mental illness. Thank you to Jane St. John for reminding me of that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane St.John on October 30, 2013
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I liked this narrative of the author's life because it caused me to think about the impact tragedies can have on people suffering daily and the actions taken to overcome their demons imagined or real . . . many themes . . . many issues . . .

I give "Seeking Normal" a rating of 5 stars because it resonates, made me think about issues that need to be dealt with in our society and world today.

A must-read for families who have a family member with mental illness and need to know that through proper treatment and medication there is hope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane St.John on September 14, 2013
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This a great read for young women just starting out in life, continuing through life . . . and what can happen when wrong choices are made . . . a view of mental illness . . . an approval and healthy view of homosexuality i.e., a good narrative about a sad life.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl OLeary on August 7, 2014
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I found it to be really poorly written and dry. She is certainly a sympathetic figure, but the book did not do the subject matter justice in my opinion.
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