(From the publisher):
Helen Brindle thinks she has lost God, but it is simply love that she's missing. She certainly can't find it at home, with the violent, deadly Mr. Brindle: trapped in an abusive marriage, tormented by existential and personal doubt, she suffers from insomnia, emotional paralysis, and pathological inhibition. Until she meets Edward E. Gluck.
Edward Gluck is a public personality, a renowned genius and group mental healer, guru to people like Helen through his famous self-help process; privately, he is painfully obsessed with masturbation and self-punishment, unable to employ his own fatuous self-help techniques to overcome his personal disgust and psychological anemia.
Original Bliss tells the story of an excruciatingly awkward courtship between two soul-sick people, the one brutally shy, the other an exhibitionist, searching for a way to break out of their isolation.
Original title: Original Bliss
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives