“The mind, without senses, without frantic noise or external guidance, will naturally cling to any thought. When all thoughts fail, the brain will create its own senses, its own world, and, therefore, its own reality.”

– Balloon Days, a novel by Kristi Strong

Let Your Perception Be Your Guide…

At the Manhattan-based Center of Balloon Days, you will find a psychotherapy unlike any that came before it. Imagine unlocking your desires and your fears and manipulating them in an unparalleled lucid-dream-like state.

Bookish Elliott Bailey, a young psychologist at the Center, struggles to prove the perfect life exists, all while helping others with their own troubles; love-starved Howard Nor’s use of Balloon Days lends him temporary respite from the grips of depression, but they may be allowing him to live in a fantasy while his real life falls apart; and top lawyer Orson Thatch develops an obsession with Balloon Days, as it’s the only time he can see his dead wife—even if it risks his career and his relationship with his seven-year-old son. All three face a choice: Continue to live a life rooted in illusions or overcome the challenges of reality.

Genre-blending and emotionally rich, Balloon Days powerfully highlights the longing for acceptance, the agonizing struggle when our morals are put to the test, and the conflict between escapism and responsibility. It is a moving exploration of the entwined layers of one’s mind, pulling us deep into the psyche and returning us to the shallow with sincere insight.

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My writing draws on my professional experience as a mental health therapist. I help clients process and heal from traumatic events, manage crippling anxiety, and fight the effects of depression. I have the rare honor of witnessing all facets of what it means to be human. I wrote BALLOON DAYS to remind readers that we are deserving and capable of positive change and love. Like my characters, we are not alone in our journeys.

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