Minneapolis, MN (Vocus) September 1, 2010
Psychotherapist Marty Livingston’s four decades of clinical experience provides the credibility behind the premise of his new novel Searching, a psychological coming-of-age story that follows a young boy and his journey from a fateful beginning into adulthood.
Dr. Livingston takes you back to a 1940’s and 50’s Brooklyn where Jimmy is surrounded by both the peace and turmoil of the era. The whole world is magical until the three-year old finds his Grandpa Yussel lying dead on the floor. Within months Jimmy’s father also becomes terminally ill, shaking the boy’s faith in the safety of the world around him.
Years later a mother who’s definition of “gentleman” is likely to take the juice out of Jimmy’s life and his other down-to-earth grandfather, Pop, challenge Jimmy as he struggles with self-assertion and sexuality. Each striving for attention, a college-bound Jim takes his mother’s “gentleman” angel and the “demon” Pop sitting on his shoulders.
A beautiful, sexy southern co-ed settles the angel demon problem when a passion ignites that allows him to let loose in other areas of his life. But as the star on the basketball court, with other girls vying for his attention, Jimmy’s relationship begins to unravel until an unconventional exploration of death and dying in a sociology class allow him to make sense of his shattered childhood and put his ghosts to rest.
This psychological coming-of-age story explores the role of death and grief and people’s response to it in their sense of self and belonging.
About the author: Marty Livingston earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University and holds certificates in individual psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and group therapy from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Dr. Livingston is the author of two prior books. Searching is Livingston’s first novel.