Zetty by Debra Whiting Alexander

The powerful story of a mother lost to a rare form of schizophrenia, and a daughter’s quest to find her. It’s 1963 when Marjorie McGee suddenly disappears from her Southern California beach home, leaving nine-year-old Zetty motherless and confused. In alternating points of view, the story follows the lives of both mother and daughter as…

The powerful story of a mother lost to a rare form of schizophrenia, and a daughter’s quest to find her. It’s 1963 when Marjorie McGee suddenly disappears from her Southern California beach home, leaving nine-year-old Zetty motherless and confused. In alternating points of view, the story follows the lives of both mother and daughter as Marjorie’s illness progresses, and Zetty’s hope for her return diminishes. But at age seventeen, Zetty wants answers. She finds herself in a circle of unconventional women—opinionated, endearing, courageous and keen-eyed women—who offer Zetty their heart and backbone. As unexpected friendships form, Zetty begins an emotional, psychological, and spiritual journey in search of her mother—never imagining the joy and tragedy yet to come, the undeniable power of early childhood bonds, and the secret that will change their lives forever.
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“A finely crafted, intriguing tale”

Five Star Review on Amazon by Maureen T.

A finely crafted, intriguing tale of love, loss and discovery — I found myself laughing, crying, learning and growing right alongside young Zetty as she searches for her long lost mother and, ultimately, finds herself along the way. This is the sort of novel that keeps you reading way past bedtime.

About the Author

After many years of publishing nonfiction books related to post trauma recovery, Debra Whiting Alexander’s emotionally driven debut novel, ZETTY, blends personal history with her professional background. Inspired by her grandmother who died in a psychiatric hospital at the age of 41, ZETTY shines a light on the stigma surrounding mental illness in the 1960’s and 70’s.

ZETTY is the powerful story of a mother lost to a rare form of schizophrenia, and a daughter’s quest to find her. The story begins in 1963 when Marjorie McGee suddenly disappears from her Southern California beach home, leaving nine-year-old Zetty motherless and confused. In alternating points of view, the story follows the lives of both mother and daughter as Marjorie’s mental illness progresses, and Zetty’s hope for her return diminishes. But at age seventeen, Zetty wants answers. She finds herself in a circle of unconventional women, opinionated, endearing, courageous and keen-eyed women, who offer Zetty their heart and backbone. As unexpected friendships form, Zetty begins an emotional, psychological and spiritual journey in search of her mother–never imagining the joy and tragedy yet to come, the undeniable power of early childhood bonds, and the secret that will change their lives forever.

New York Times bestselling author, Jane Kirkpatrick, writes, “…In the midst of sorrow, Debra Whiting Alexander gives us laughter, singular characters, fresh images, wild friendships, wisdom and most of all, love. ZETTY is a master piece of heartache and joy, the very stuff of life…”

Debra grew up on the beaches of San Diego, lived and worked in upstate New York, and settled in Oregon where she lives with her husband. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and former professor and executive director of two local non-profit counseling agencies. She is the author of sixteen non-fiction books, including one of her most meaningful projects, THE EMOTIONAL RECOVERY RESOURCE KIT, written in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks for children in New York and Washington, D.C. In addition to working on her next novel, Debra continues to provide clinical supervision and training through a local non-profit agency in her community.

Part of a book club or group? ZETTY includes a “Reader’s Discussion Guide”. Consider asking Debra to join you for a discussion of ZETTY! She can be reached at: www.facebook.com/TheAuthorDebraWhitingAlexander.

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