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    • psychotherapy in fiction,
    • adoption,
    • midlife womanhood,
    • Ireland,
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The Language of Dreams
by Marion Ehrenberg

Twenty-two-year-old Clare Thomas Lane begins therapy by court order, not by choice. Clare is sure that she doesn't need the help of a shrink. Clare's fortysomething psychotherapist, Avery Frontiera, doubts her own ability to connect with this prickly young shoplifter. As Avery and Clare begin their sessions, each woman faces a major life crisis. Clare grapples with an unwanted pregnancy; Avery struggles with a fractured marriage and unrealized hopes for motherhood. Both are haunted by dark family secrets. The strict boundaries between psychologist and client are blurred from the first session, and although Avery struggles to regain control over the tumultuous therapist-client relationship that unfolds, she manages to get past Clare's defensive shell and bond with her most vulnerable self. Guided by the insights of their therapy sessions and their dreams, Avery and Clare must uncover the shocking truths of the past to face the crises of the present and walk into the future transformed.

"Marion Ehrenberg’s novel will resonate with those who also love Irv Yalom’s great fiction. It is a psychological portrait of two intriguing women who are thrown together in a therapy room and emerge transformed. This is a story worthy of television series. We want to stay in the world of our protagonist, the therapist, and see what she does next." —Wendy Goldman Rohm, NYT Best Selling Author & Internationally Recognized Journalist "Ehrenberg’s handling of the psychoanalysis process … is expert and delicate … this is a strong character study about how people react when backed into a corner … A complex … engaging novel about temptation and ethical quandaries." —Kirkus Reviews "The Language of Dreams is a unique story, artfully told ... a page-turner ... a psychological thriller ... breathtaking ..." —Aliss Terrell, American writer, musician, filmmaker, Paris, France "The characters were vivid, the plot was twisty and engaging, and there were no dull moments. The clinical part was dead-on and will ring true with many psychotherapy practitioners, who will find themselves struggling with the same issues as the protagonist." —Dr. James Marcia, Professor & Master Psychotherapist “The Language of Dreams is an evocative novel about a rich but blurred relationship between a therapist and her patient … the novel’s cycles and patterns are organic and meaningful … the transitions between scenes are flowing and graceful … the book’s atmospheric settings include San Diego beaches, the Irish countryside, and decorated working and living spaces … the novel uses lush visual details to capture ballet scenes and Avery’s personal passions … and a vision that prompts her into action …” —Foreword Clarion Reviews “The Language of Dreams excels at creating and building the emotional and complex relationship between psychologist and patient. The author is a therapist by trade and her experience colors this entire novel and lends it an air of authenticity. Marion Ehrenberg has crafted captivating characters that feel real. This is a character driven story that focuses on human connection and how we deal with our past … The Language of Dreams is a fantastic read that provokes self-reflection in readers. This is a light mystery story that focuses on the compelling characters, their evolution, and their intriguing relationship.” —Literary Titan, Four Out of Five Stars “The heart is a helical structure; so too is the Language of Dreams, Marion Ehrenberg’s premiere novel. Unraveling mysteries and folding back on time, this novel reveals the cyclical nature of all living things through the meeting of two supposed strangers, Clare and Avery. Marion’s use of language reflects the spiralling movement of a Celtic Knot and enables the reader to experience a kind of kinesthetic sympathy in this living, moving expression of their life journey’s and interior worlds." —Constance Cooke, Movement Artist & Choreographer

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MARION EHRENBERG is a Canadian psychologist, professor, and writer. Marion has been practicing psychotherapy for over twenty-five years. She earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University and served as Director of Clinical Training at the University of Victoria. She has published extensively on her research on diverse families. Marion has cultivated her lifelong love of literature into a creative writing practice through a certificate program, workshops, and mentorship. Her experiences as a psychologist uniquely inform her fictional depictions of the human psyche, mental health, and suicide. For more information, please visit


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