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Author: Spencer Hyde Narrator: Erica Sullivan Publisher: Shadow Mountain Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2019 ISBN: 9781982652241
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Addie loves nothing more than curling up on the couch with her dog, Duck, and watching The Great British Baking Show with her mom. It’s one of the few things that can help her relax when her OCD kicks into overdrive. She counts everything. All the time. She can’t stop. Rituals and rhythms. It’s exhausting.

When Fitz was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he named the voices in his head after famous country singers. He loves puns, foreign films, and T-shirts with witty sayings. The adolescent psychiatric ward at Seattle Regional Hospital isn’t exactly the ideal place to meet your soul mate, but when Addie meets Fitz, they immediately connect over their shared love of words, appreciate each other’s quick wit, and wish they could both make more sense of their lives.

Fitz is haunted by his past, and he’s often not sure what’s real. One memory weighs heavily on his mind—a tragic death he fears he may have caused—but he knows if he can just get to San Juan Island, everything will be okay. If not, he risks falling into a downward spiral that may keep him in the hospital indefinitely.

Escaping the hospital becomes the first step of a journey for Fitz and Addie as they learn about life and love, forgiveness and courage, and what’s necessary to let go and what’s worth waiting for.

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  • “Hyde offsets the painful realities of mental illness with gentle surprises and such humor as Fitz’s naming his hallucinations after popular country singers…Thoughtful and thought-provoking.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A poignant, at times tragic, tale of the emotional pain some kids endure.”

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About the Author

Spencer Hyde spent three years during high school at Johns Hopkins for severe OCD. He later worked at a therapeutic boarding school before earning his MFA and his PhD specializing in writing fiction and essays; he wrote Waiting for Fitz while working as a Teaching Fellow in Denton, Texas. Hyde and his wife, Brittany, are the parents of four children.

About the Narrator

Erica Sullivan is a professional actress of both stage and screen and holds her MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Currently a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she has performed in New York and regionally with such companies as the Lincoln Center, Soho Repertory Theatre, and New Dramatists. She makes her home in Ashland, Oregon, with her family.