The Left Turn Novel

If your past VANISHED . . . Who might you become?

Hannah, a forty-six year old author plagued with anxiety, and her partner James, an HR recruiter caught in a headlock of grief over his brother’s death, are as desperate for inner peace as they are clueless about how to find it.

But will they be able to let go of their deeply ingrained subconscious beliefs about life and themselves to embrace the unfamiliar potentials they now face?

Genre Bending and Reality Bending

I’ve been watching “Undone” on Amazon Prime, starring Rosa SalazarAngelique CabralConstance Marie. UNDONE is a “genre-bending, animated dramedy that explores the elastic nature of reality through its central character, Alma  . .  After getting into a car accident and nearly dying, Alma finds she has a new relationship to time.”

I LOVE this exploration of reality and parallel universes, and all the questions it raises. In an interview with director Hisko Hulsing, it’s clear that their intention was to stay in the mystery, to balance along the beam between what might be perceived as fluidity of reality and time and what might be seen as mental illness. 

Clinging to the Comfort Zone

In The Left Turn, Hannah stresses a lot about whether she is losing her mental grip, slipping into some state that she fears is mental illness. Fiercely grasping at anchors to the known, rather than letting go and opening up to unknown potentials, holds us back. Hannah is desperate to regain her grip on what happened before she made that fateful left turn. Yet her life becomes so much better being in the present than if she could go back to what she knew.

In Undone, Alma at first, right after her car accident, just wants things to go back to normal—even though her normal life was boring and unfulfilling. But it was known. And that’s where we so easily get tripped up. Our comfort zone is in the known, even when that zone may be far from comfortable.

Exploring the unknown and stepping into a better version of ourselves and our lives, first means shaking loose who we’ve been. Doesn’t have to be as drastic as it is for our fictional models in Alma and Hannah, but letting go of things that aren’t making us happy is a great place to start.

Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind

The return to the mainstream and resurgence of interest in plant medicines that allow us to see and experience more of the wonders of life that our brains filter out, as shown in books and series such as Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind, also demonstrates and is part of a larger shift in consciousness.

Big things are happening. Are you noticing the clues? 

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Author Becky Parker Geist

Becky Parker Geist is the founder and CEO of Pro Audio Voices Inc., a Portland based company serving clients internationally with audiobook production and marketing, including complex and unusual projects that may involve multiple voices and/or music and/or sound effects.

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Becky is the author of The Left Turn: Two Lives Worlds Apart (book 1 in the Split Universe Series) as well as three other nonfiction titles and 2 children's books. She is usually busy running her audiobook production and marketing company, Pro Audio Voices Inc. Inspiring the world through bringing stories to life!

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An extraordinary story that uses parallel universes in a contemporary and very relatable context. Becky Parker Geist opens vistas of perception!

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