"HOUSE OF HEALING ... Palo Alto resident Elizabeth Johnson Lee has published The House at 844 1/2, a novel about a woman and her son who have Tourette syndrome in Palo Alto. They get no respect. But when she walks through the gate at 844 1/2, she enters an alternate world where she develops supernatural powers and meets a man. In his perfect world, she no longer has disabilities, but she learns that even he cannot accept her for her true self. The story is ultimately about self realization and acceptance."—Palo Alto Weekly
 

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"Like the protagonist in her novel, Elizabeth Johnson Lee has TS and is the parent of a child with TS. The House at 844 1/2 is set in a high achieving town where bullies at home and at school make life a constant challenge for Emily and her son Reid. Emily accidentally slips into an alternative dimension where she meets a compassionate, spiritual leader and experiences increasingly prophetic visions that lead to unexpected healing."—Inside TSA; The Quarterly Newsletter of the National Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.

 

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"Clearly [Elizabeth] worked hard to portray [her] characters realistically while also letting [her] readers enter a rich fantasy world.  I especially liked the way [she] showed how Emily's Tourette's was misinterpreted by others.  The opening scene with the police officer definitely drew me in and created sympathy for her.  I also connected with Reid and thought that his initial encounter with the bullies was heartbreaking."—Rachel Kellerman, Teacher Librarian, Palo Alto High School

 

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"The novel tells the brave story of Emily, a wife and mother who must confront prejudice in light of her Tourette's syndrome, the strain it levies on her marriage and family, and growing awareness of her psychic abilities. She discovers the wisdom and affection of healers in an alternate reality and New Age spirituality. Her teenage son, an Indigo child, shares his mother's psychic abilities and Tourette's syndrome. He struggles against the assaults of bullies in school and indifferent teachers. There is endurance, love, and healing in the story.

"The eBook looks good on my reader, and the text is clear. I was disappointed that my file of it did not contain a table of contents.

"I recommend the book to any reader with an open mind and heart."—Ermite

 

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"I enjoyed reading the House at 844 1/2. It kept me involved in the story from start to finish. It's a story about a real issue, living with Tourette Syndrome, but with a creative fantasy side to it. An enjoyable read!"—Carrie Zeidman

 

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"At first I wasn't sure I'd like this ebook but now that I've finished it I've changed my mind. I can relate to Emily's story, the issues and challenges she faces concerning her family. Any wife and mother can relate to it. It is also a journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth that any woman can take. The author did a good job, and I think I'd want to read more novels from her.
 
"I did not care for some language but it's nothing egregious.

"I read the ebook on the Kindle app for Mac, and I experienced some technical issues downloading the app; though, the reading experience with the app was fine."—Clara




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