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Original Bliss (1997) [Novel]
by A. L. Kennedy Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (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
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives

Edition #1: Original Bliss

Original Bliss (1997)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A writer rich in the humanity and warmth that seems at a premium in these bleak times." Salman Rushdie
  • "Kennedy has now proved that she is one of the few young writers to have found a distinctive voice, one that we could recognize even from a couple of sentences; and that in itself is already a considerable achievement." Jonathan Coe
  • "Mesmerizes with its musicality and startles with the frankness of its sexual detail...The narrative is relentless...Manages to address its characters' deep pathos brazenly, and without apology." Publishers Weekly
  • "Beautiful, rare, and touching: Kennedy handles extremely volatile material with the greatest care...A small gem." Kirkus Reviews
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Manifested in:

Original Bliss (January 1999)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780375402722
Dimensions: 5.33 x 7.83 x .80 in
Pages: 224

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