Practicing Normal

Practicing Normal
349 Pages
ISBN 978-1-61188-244-5

The beautiful houses in Pine Estates are filled with high-achieving parents, children on the fast track to top colleges, and the best security systems money can buy. The Turners have the correct address, but they aren’t like their impressive neighbors. Jenna is an observant, quirky seventeen-year-old with a penchant for breaking into her neighbors’ homes despite their fancy security systems sold by her father Everett’s company. Everett genuinely believes he loves his wife . . . but can’t resist yet another mistress. JT is a genius kid with Asperger’s who moves from one obsession to the next. And Kate tries to manage her family, manage her mother (who lives down the street), and avoid wondering why her life is passing her by.

And now everything is changing for them. Jenna finds herself in a boy-next-door romance she never could have predicted. Everett’s secrets are beginning to unravel on him. JT is getting his first taste of success at navigating the world. And Kate is facing truths about her husband, her mother, and the father she never knew. Life on Pine Road has never been more challenging for the Turners. That’s what happens when you’re practicing normal.

Combining her trademark combination of wit, insight, and tremendous empathy for her characters, Cara Sue Achterberg has written a novel that is at once familiar and startlingly fresh.

"Does facing the truth beat living a lie? In Practicing Normal, Cara Sue Achterberg has given us a smart story that is both a window and a mirror, about the extraordinary pain - and the occasional gifts - of an ordinary life. -Jacquelyn Mitchard, NYT best-selling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

Cara Sue Achterberg

About Cara Sue Achterberg (Baltimore, Maryland Author)

Cara Sue Achterberg

Cara Sue Achterberg is a novelist, blogger, and rescue dog foster mom who lives on a hillside farm in New Freedom, Pennsylvania with her family and far too many animals. She has written three novels, I’M NOT HER, GIRLS' WEEKEND, and PRACTICING NORMAL, and one nonfiction book, LIVE INTENTIONALLY.

Her memoir, ANOTHER GOOD DOG: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs, will be released August 7, 2018 from Pegasus Press. For more information, blog links, and plenty of puppy pictures, visit

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