Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk For Huntington's

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1980s & '90s

Therese Crutcher-Marin

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Therese takes the biggest gamble of her life and marries John, who has a 50/50 chance of inheriting an incurable brain disorder, Huntington's disease. Over a period of 38 years, their life is filled with unpredictability, touch choices, and pain, and great happiness.



Short Summary

Therese and John, college sweethearts, are graduating and marrying until an uncertainty enters their lives that Therese is unsure if she can live with. Therese plans and prepares for all things, must make the hardest decision of life.


Northern California U.S.A.

Based on a True Story


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Internal Journey/Rebirth

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Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Therese Crutcher-Marin

Age: 32

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Romantic, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Educated, Leader, Gracious, Honorable, Perseverance, Selfless, Empathetic, Engaging, Faithful,Empathetic,Educated,Faithful,Leader,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Loralee (Marin) Harbin

Age: 37

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Engaging, Gracious, Secretive, Selfless, Beautiful, Empathetic,Empathetic,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: John Anthony Marin

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: logical

Key Traits: Confident, Educated, Empathetic, Faithful, Perseverance, Romantic, Selfless, Strong Moral Code,Heartthrob,Educated,Selfless,Romantic,Visionary,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Marcia Louise Marin

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: logical

Key Traits: Aspiring, Beautiful, Complex, Gracious, Heroic, Modest, Selfless,Gracious,Heroic,Clumsy

About The Author

Therese Crutcher-Marin is a retired healthcare professional who finds joy in writing. Watching Their Dance is her inaugural book and 100% of the profits from the book is being donated to the nonprofit, Huntington's Disease Society of America. Therese is currently writing a historical fiction novel set in the early 1900's in the breadbasket state of Kansas.

Target Audiences

Age: 55+,35-54,18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

The Huntington's disease, ALS, Alzheimers, and Parkinson's communities around the world.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-published

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available