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The Medium

Noëlle Sickels

St. Martin's Press

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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CHAPTER 1AUGUST 1937Rich man, poor man Beggar man, thief, Doctor, lawyer Indian chief Rich man, poor man Beggar man--"Thief!" a voice shouted.Helen lost her rhythm and stepped on her jump rope. Billy Mackey's grinning face appeared at the top of the fence between their yards."You're gonna marry a thief!" he cackled."Am not!"Helen wished she could be more clever in her retort, but there was something about Billy Mackey recently that could leave her feeling flustered and unsure of herself. Sure, he was two and a half years older and two grades ahead and had taken to acting like that
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  • Noëlle Sickels

  • Noëlle Sickels is the author of three historical novels. In Walking West, a cross-country wagon journey in 1852 is viewed through the eyes of the women emigrants. In The Shopkeeper’s Wife, a restless wife and her maid are caught up in a murder trial in 1886 Philadelphia. In The Medium, a young woman on the World War II home front struggles with her troublesome psychic abilities. In all these books, characters wrestle with being true to themselves while engaging in complicated relationships with friends, families, and lovers and responding to the demands of their time in history and their time of life.

    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 three-year-old granddaughter, who also likes good stories.

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