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Holy Smoke by Jane & Anna Campion (Hardcover, 1999)

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Holy Smoke by Jane & Anna Campion (First Edition)

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.

 

 Hardback | 259 pages

 145 x 218 x 24mm | 430g

 

 Hyperion Books

 United States

 English

 0786863498

 9780786863495

 

Condition:  Very Good

A secondhand book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. No obvious damage to the cover. The dust jacket is included and in very good condition (some minor scuff marks and very minor creasing). No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.