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The More Beyond
by Jill Charlotte Thomas

Published: 2023-08-08T00:0
Paperback : 208 pages
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"In an enthralling character-driven drama, Jill Thomas highlights the impact of parental neglect and chronic narcissism on children who are left to fend for themselves. Readers who enjoy books like The Catcher in the Rye will love The More Beyond." —Pikasho Deka for Readers' ...
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"In an enthralling character-driven drama, Jill Thomas highlights the impact of parental neglect and chronic narcissism on children who are left to fend for themselves. Readers who enjoy books like The Catcher in the Rye will love The More Beyond." —Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

"Sharply drawn characters and brilliant dialogue give us a fascinating look beneath the placid surface of wealth, where dark currents swirl.” —Billy Hayes, author of Midnight Express

Morton Guthrie is a trust fund baby who doesn’t trust anyone. People disappoint. The world may be an oyster for some, but for her it’s only proven to be empty. Her father is busy with his boyfriends, her mother is occupied having nervous breakdowns. Morton is obsessed with suicide. After two back-to-back attempts, she lands in a psychiatric hospital, and just when she has begun to trust her psychiatrist and herself, her parents invite her to join them in Manhattan for a three-day weekend. They’re staying at The Sherry-Netherland hotel on the twenty-third floor, a long drop. Against Medical Advice, Morton heads to New York in search of parental love, but narcissistic love is conditional, and she is fragile. Will she survive, or is life too big for her? Perhaps happiness for Morton is learning to live with one eye closed.

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I was in the round hospital overlooking the Pacific. Not by choice. I was driven by ambulance. A 51/50. That’s what they called me. They kept me locked up for the mandatory 72-hour hold. It’s the law, they kept telling me. Attempting suicide is illegal in the state of California. And I’d failed. The successful ones were at the morgue. ... view entire excerpt...

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1. Did you like the book, and if so, what did you like the most?

2. Why do you think the author chose to write this story?

3. Which scene from The More Beyond stuck with you the most?

4. If you had a chance to ask the author a question, what would you ask?

5. If you were making a movie of The More Beyond, who would you cast?

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