Kissing Doorknobs

By Terry Spencer Hesser
(Laurel Leaf Library, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440413141, 160pp.)

Publication Date: November 9, 1999

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During her preschool years, Tara Sullivan lived in terror that something bad would happen to her mother while they were apart. In grade school, she panicked during the practice fire drills. "Practice for what?, " Tara asked. For the upcoming disaster that was bound to happen?
Then, at the age of 11, it happened. Tara heard the phrase that changed her life: "Step on a crack, break your mother's back." Before Tara knew it, she was counting every crack in the sidewalk. Over time, Tara's "quirks" grew and developed: arranging her meals on plates, nonstop prayer rituals, until she developed a new ritual wherin she kissed her fingers and touched doorknobs....

About the Author
Terry Spencer Hesser is a screenwriter and a documentary filmmaker. <i>Kissing Doorknobs</i> is based on her personal experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
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