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Twenty-two-year-old Galen lives with his emotionally dependent mother in a secluded house outside Sacramento, surviving on the family's trust fund--money that his aunt, Helen, and seventeen-year-old cousin, Jennifer, are determined to get their hands on. A New Age believer who considers himself an old soul, Galen yearns for transformation but is powerless to stop the manic binges that overtake him. He dreams of shedding his clinging mother and is obsessed with thoughts of the boldly flirtatious Jennifer. But when the family takes a trip to a cabin in the Sierras, Galen discovers just how far he will go to attain the transcendence he craves.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 204.12g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0062121073
  • 9780062121073
  • 2,097,523

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Harrowing. . . . Vann, a professor at UC San Francisco, is often compared to Cormac McCarthy; he exerts a powerful grip here, as Galen learns how far he s willing to go to get free. --"San Jose Mercury News""
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1,257 ratings
3.12 out of 5 stars
5 13% (166)
4 25% (308)
3 33% (417)
2 19% (243)
1 10% (123)
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