a novel by
Shannon Connor Winward
On her 27th birthday, Kate Quinn meets a psychic whose observations are uncanny: Kate’s life is empty, her university job is beneath her, the jewelry she’s wearing is not hers, and she is hiding from “the truth”. He is right on all counts, especially about the bracelet: on the anniversary of her father’s death, Kate stole the bracelet from a beautiful woman (“Lucky”) that she has been watching from afar. In the weeks after the session, Kate finds herself increasingly obsessed with Lucky and her maybe-lover: a broodingly handsome professor who sometimes forgets to lock his office door. Kate’s health and work suffer as insomnia blurs the distinction between dreams, reality, and the painful memories of her past. Crossing the line from voyeur to stalker, Kate must face grief, fear, guilt, the shade of her disapproving father, and her increasing conviction that she is somehow meant to intervene in the lives of these two strangers.
With elements of non-linear story-telling and magical realism, TO THE TOUCH explores grief and mental illness in stylistic ways. Complete at 112,000 words, TO THE TOUCH will appeal to fans of literary fiction with dark humor and deeply flawed protagonists, such as Anne Lamott’s Rosie and Crooked Little Heart, or Gregory Maguire’s Wicked series.