Beyond Closure

(2 customer reviews)


A story showing how human emotions can be unruly and unpredictable by Valerie Norris author of In The Long Run and The April Letters.

Print ISBN 978-1-8382805-8-1

184 Pages



A golden triangle in a pretty golden life… That is how Simon describes the arrangement between his workplace as a psychotherapist, the home of his ex-wife Lisa and son, and his girlfriend Cora’s flat. It signifies for him the happy equilibrium of his existence. Then Fleur, an old client of Simon’s, makes contact again for more professional help dealing with the aftermath of her husband’s untimely death in a little Canarian town and this careful balance begins to unravel. As Fleur’s complex and unusual bereavement issues unfold, and then move towards a kind of resolution, Simon’s own life starts to spiral out of control. At the same time the dynamics of the practice where Simon works are undergoing their own upheavals.

These changing events and relationships force Simon to confront himself and his beliefs. Has he come to terms with guilt from the past? Is it time to step out from the shadow of the old Simon?

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Weight 0.5 kg

2 reviews for Beyond Closure

  1. laurence peddle

    This is a very well-written novel that it is a pleasure to work through, the characters having life breathed into them almost from the first page. And, too, we gain insights into various matters pertaining to our own lives, the author being a human being just like the rest of us. But also, we learn about the grieving process, for Valerie Norris was and is a bereavement volunteer, and in particular about the role of therapy in one form or another in helping the survivors of another person’s death.

  2. Mrs Jill L Govier

    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    A really good read, Valerie creates excellent well rounded characters, mentioning in particular the scenes with Simon and his mentor Daphne. One aspect of the story explores grief and the amazing distortions that the mind can conjure, which I found fascinating, and gave a strong drive to the narrative.

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