Author mines experiences for first novel

Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011, 9:14 am

It's Creative Writing 101: write what you know.

Noam ShpanceThat's exactly what Noam Shpancer, a clinical psychologist and Otterbein University professor, did when he penned his first-ever novel, The Good Psychologist.

And he's hearing about it.

"Publisher's Weekly" described the book, which was released in the U.S. in August 2010 (it was published in Hebrew the summer before in Israel), as an "intelligent and suspenseful debut."

Jonathan Kellerman, psychologist and bestselling author of the Alex Delaware series, said, "Noam Shpancer portrays the oft-hidden world of psychotherapy with unparalleled authenticity, compassion and wit... An astonishing debut."

See for yourself what all the praise is about! On Wednesday, February 2, Shpancer will stop by Northwest Library to talk about The Good Psychologist.

The story follows the title character, a solitary man, whose treatment of an exotic dancer suffering from crippling anxiety threatens the balance in an unresolved relationship with a married former colleague with whom he has a child he's never met.

Shpancer's visit, which starts at 7 pm, is presented in partnership with the Bexley Jewish Community Center. Purchase your own copy of The Good Psychologist after Shpancer's program.

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