Holy Smoke

Holy Smoke

A Novel

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
After moving to India as part of a spiritual quest and becoming involved in a cult, Ruth, lured back home to Australia by her family, receives extensive deprogramming and enters a strange relationship with her deprogrammer

Blackwell North Amer
The story begins in late November 1998 with an Australian family's decision to rescue their daughter Ruth from the attentions of an Indian Guru. Feeling overwhelmed and frightened, they're persuaded to invest heavily in the services of an American cult specialist, PJ Waters. "Three little steps," he says, having looked into Ruth's eyes and judged them willing.... "It could all be over in twenty-four hours." Two days later, out in the Australian bush, the balance of power has slowly shifted between counselor and client. The promised return to order has given way to seductive chaos.
Alternating between the voices of Ruth and PJ, we hear both sides of the "deprogramming," questioning our assumptions about patriarchy, gender, and the contemporary search for connection. What starts as a spiritual struggle about the nature of belief becomes an erotic and disturbing tale of sexual obsession, forcing Ruth and PJ to explore a relationship neither had wanted to make.

Baker
& Taylor

After moving to India as part of a spiritual quest and becoming involved in a cult, Ruth, lured back home to Australia by her family, receives extensive deprogramming and enters a strange relationship with her deprogrammer. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780786863495
0786863498
Branch Call Number: CAM
Characteristics: 259 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Campion, Jane

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