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The Scientist and the Psychic
A Son's Exploration of His Mother's Gift
By (author): Christian Smith
9780735276826 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Dec 29, 2020
$24.95 CAD
Active 5.99 x 8.99 x 0.87 in | 0.85 lb 320 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Random House Canada
Weaving together the story of his fractured relationship to his mother with research into her paranormal abilities, Dr. Christian Smith has created, in The Scientist and the Psychic, a captivating, one-of-a-kind memoir of belief, skepticism and familial love.

Christian Smith realized his mother was different in the autumn of 1977 when he was eight years old. Before then, he’d witnessed séances at home and the kids at school sometimes teased him about his mom being a witch—so he sensed that his life wasn’t typical. But it wasn’t until he was backstage at a renowned concert venue in Toronto, watching from behind a curtain as Geraldine commanded an audience of 2,000 with her extrasensory readings, that he understood she was special. As Geraldine’s only child, he would assume the role of the quiet observer while she guided a live CBC broadcast of a séance; made startling and consistently accurate predictions; and eventually moved to LA to work with the parents of murder victims—and with convicted murderer Jeffrey R. MacDonald. Over time, the high profile and emotionally depleting work affected Geraldine’s health and relationships. Addiction took over her life, and her son pulled away.

Fast forward to the present day: Christian is a molecular biologist and Geraldine is retired and in poor health. They are closer than they’ve ever been, and now he gives us the story of her undeniable perceptual abilities and pioneering work as a psychic—and endeavours to make scientific sense of it.

Story Locale: Toronto, Los Angeles

UNIQUE POINT OF VIEW: In line with memoirs like Educated and The Glass Castle, which pull the curtains back on a rarely seen world, The Scientist and the Psychic is a compelling and singular look at a highly unusual home life with larger-than-life characters.

TRUSTWORTHY GUIDE: Christian Smith brings a scientist’s skepticism and credentials to this story along with a deep respect for his mother’s experience and fascination with paranormal phenomena.

RARE INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF A FAMOUS NORTH AMERICAN PSYCHIC: Geraldine Stringer was a renowned psychic and medium with incredible success (before the Internet!), and Christian has kept meticulous records and conducted hours of interviews about her career.

MOTHER-SON RELATIONSHIP: In writing this book, Christian and his mother faced together, for the first time, the addiction and neglectful behaviour that characterized her life when he was a teenager, and their poignant journey toward healing is skillfully woven into the story.

DR. CHRISTIAN SMITH holds a doctorate in the molecular and cellular biology of cancer, has twenty-three years of experience as a research scientist, and recently completed an MFA in Creative Non-fiction from the University of King’s College. Since 2006, he has been the Manager of Research Operations of a world-renowned Brain Tumour Research Centre in Toronto. The Scientist and the Psychic is his first book.

Author Residence: Toronto

Marketing: US Plans:

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Publicity: Yes 1st serial rights

National Media (Globe & Mail already interested)

Make use of author’s connections in the medical world that we might not have usual access to

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Feature Website: scientistandthepsychic.com

Author Social Media: Instagram: @drcasmith

“In this utterly fascinating book, Christian Smith’s science background is juxtaposed with his mother’s paranormal gifts as a psychic medium, pitting research against experiences that cannot be replicated. Smith’s search for absolute proof of both the afterlife and the survival of consciousness after death will push even the most skeptical minds towards acceptance. The Scientist and the Psychic is also a love letter from a son to his mother—a ‘behind the lens’ exploration of mediumship, channeling, psychometry, and telepathy, and the heart-breaking toll these extraordinary gifts exacted on Geraldine Stringer’s closest family members, and on herself. A candid story told with honesty and great poignancy, and an absolute must-read.” —Susan Doherty, author of The Ghost Garden

The Scientist and the Psychic is well-written and thought-provoking—an intriguing twist on the tale of a child of whose celebrated parent attends more to her public than to them. Christian Smith offers compelling ideas about his mother’s psychic mind and celebrates, in the end, the gifts of connection and forgiveness.” —Patricia Pearson, author of Opening Heaven’s Door and Wish You Were Here

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