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

Book Cover

MEMOIR

1980s & '90s

Therese Crutcher-Marin

Logline

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.

Genre

Memoir

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Northern California

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-published

Year Published: 2017

Starting Description

John and Therese, college sweethearts are graduating and marrying when John's three sisters discover their mother had Huntington's disease. At age 22, Therese suddenly had to confront the most complicated decision of her life.

Ending Description

In 2008, John's third sister dies from Huntington's disease. In 2016, John is genetically tested and is negative. Therese comes to realize that the path she willingly chose opened her heart to love more deeply; that acknowledging her world could change overnight has made her life richer.

Group Specific

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

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-0-9984422-0-4

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

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

Logline

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

John and Therese, college sweethearts are graduating and marrying when John's three sisters discover their mother had Huntington's disease. At age 22, Therese suddenly had to confront the most complicated decision of her life.


In 2008, John's third sister dies from Huntington's disease. In 2016, John is genetically tested and is negative. Therese comes to realize that the path she willingly chose opened her heart to love more deeply; that acknowledging her world could change overnight has made her life richer.

Development Pitch

Working on.

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.

Core Theme

Internal Journey/Rebirth,

Characters

Main Character

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

Character 1

Name: Loralee (Marin) Harbin

Age: 37

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

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

Character 2

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

Character 3

Name: Marcia Louise Marin

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: logical

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

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