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The Good Psychologist is Noam Shpancer's stunning debut novel about a psychologist who becomes too deeply involved with a patient and winds up shaking the foundations of his own precariously balanced life.

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Noam Shpancer's stunning debut novel opens as a psychologist reluctantly takes on a new client—an exotic dancer whose severe anxiety is keeping her from the stage. The psychologist, a solitary professional who also teaches a lively night class, helps the client confront her fears. But as treatment unfolds, her struggles and secrets begin to radiate onto his life, upsetting the precarious balance in his unresolved relationship with Nina, a married former colleague with whom he has a child—a child he has never met. As the shell of his detachment begins to crack, he suddenly finds himself too deeply involved, the boundary lines between professional and personal, between help and harm, blurring dangerously.

With its wonderfully distinctive narrative voice, rich with humor and humanity, The Good Psychologist leads the listener on a journey into the heart of the therapy process and beyond, examining some of the fundamental questions of the soul: to move or be still; to defy or obey; to let go or hold on.

"Intelligent and (dare one say?) deeply psychologized fiction.... Shpancer strikes a beautiful balance between the analytical and the personal, the tormented subjectivity of the patient and the arduous objectivity of the psychologist." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"Noam Shpancer portrays the oft-hidden world of psychotherapy with unparalleled authenticity, compassion, and wit.... An astonishing debut." ---Jonathan Kellerman

"The insights into matters of interrogation and perception are sublime, as is the fluid interplay between the narrator's personal and professional lives." ---Publishers Weekly

"[The novel is] beautifully read by veteran narrator Dufris.... A very nice performance of a story that relies heavily on subtleties of emotion and motivation." ---Booklist Audio Review

"In this masterful debut, Shpancer offers his readers a rare privilege and a splendid gift." ---Boston Globe
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The Good Psychologist

A Novel

Author Noam Shpancer

Narrated by William Dufris

Publication date Aug 17, 2010

Running time 8 hrs

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