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Practical Blasphemy: The New Testament

Practical Blasphemy: The New Testament

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Fiction, 5.5" x 8.25", paperback, 250 pages, October 2019, ISBN 9780997592313

Amelia Adams, besieged with mental illness that no doctor seems to know how to treat, carefully plans and carries out her suicide. Bleeding in the bathtub of her Chicago apartment, she calls 911 so her roommates do not have to come home to find her body. To her horror, EMTs get there sooner than she bargains for, “save” her life, and deposit her in a psychiatric ward.

Amid the relentless onslaught of unwelcome thoughts, visions, and sound—including ghostly children who urge her to hurt herself and a vicious blind rabbit dipped in tar—Amelia must confront her waking nightmare in a place without escape. This is a personal tale of survival when it is least wanted and a harrowing indictment of our society’s failure to help those who live with mental illness.

Practical Blasphemy: The New Testament heralds a necessary voice in American fiction—one that sheds much-needed light on what it means to live with mental illness and, just possibly, provides a glimmer of hope to those who struggle daily.LJT is a musician and suicide survivor. She enjoys delusions of grandeur, schadenfreude, and dry toast. This is her first novel.

Cover and book design by Najeebah Al-Ghadban

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