Pages in the Wind reaches inside the mind Emily Quinn, a young girl damaged by trauma, abuse, and family secrets. The book opens with Emily detained at the San Francisco County Jail for the first degree murder of her father. An aging, world-famous psychiatrist is hired to help find mitigating factors to spare her from California’s death penalty.
Can he help her?
The novel re-winds the young girl’s life from the age of eight to nineteen. The doctor quickly becomes sympathetic to Emily and her horrifying childhood. Of particular interest is her bizarre attachment to an old Bloomingdales box filled with drawings of girls she personifies. The doctor and patient develop a tender partnership, weaving through dark family secrets, the unexplained death of her twin sister, rejection by her mother and severe abuse from her father. Together, they sift through tragedy and loss leading to a shocking conclusion that neither saw coming. Pages in the Wind is a book that dares you to reach inside yourself to understand how abuse and trauma can dramatically affect your identity.
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Sally De Smet was born in Nashville, Tennessee but lived in many areas as the daughter of a Naval officer. She was the shy little kid who stayed in her room a lot, channeling her sensitivity into stories and art. Her writing explores human emotion while weaving a story full of intrigue and mystery. Her book, PAGES IN THE WIND, has won numerous awards; Feathered Quill First Place Gold for Best Debut author, Beverly Hills Book Award, and the Wishing Shelf Finalist 2016. Her book, Pages in the Wind, explores the role of abuse and trauma on the shaping of identity. Her storytelling skills have been recognized by the psychiatric community and educators—blending psychology and fiction into a compelling narrative.