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A summer job as a recreational therapist in a New York City psychiatric hospital unlocks the door to self-discovery for this tale's young heroine...

Opening Gates

Summer 1956. Rennie takes a job as a recreational therapist in a large mental hospital in New York City despite her reluctance to sign a loyalty oath in the charged times of anti-communist hysteria. She has no relevant experience but she’s good at sports. How hard can it be? Very hard, she discovers.

As Rennie struggles to relate to unpredictable patients and challenging hospital staff she forges friendships with a remarkable assortment of people.Too stubborn to wait, Rennie finds meaningful ways to connect with her patients and creates previously unimagined opportunities for them. By summer’s end, no longer dependent on other’s opinions, she can listen to her heart and conscience and make crucial changes in her life.

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