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The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done

by Sandra Newman

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I liked this strange novel and if you like to read about California weirdness, gambling, and mysterious parents, this is the book for you. ( )
  anderlawlor | Apr 9, 2013 |
A very different voice from the one in her books written jointly with Mittelmark. Quite good, but a bit intense and a tad too Chuck Palahniuk. ( )
  annesadleir | Jan 14, 2011 |
The kind of novel that makes you a captive until finished--then invariably haunts you forever. Beautiful, yet economic language. As only the best books can, this one exacts the finist participation of your imagination. ( )
  Rosebudwinter | Jan 8, 2009 |
Chrysalis Moffat's adoptive parents are dead and she's living in their mansion with her brother Eddie and a Buddhist guru named Ralph. All about how coincidence shapes identity - it even points you toward "The Celestine Prophesy" which includes a treatise on coicidence. Unconventional, inventive, and fun! ( )
  lenoreva | Apr 25, 2008 |
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When Chrysalis Moffat and her brother, Eddie, inherit a mansion on the coast of California, Eddie hatches a plan to fleece credulous Californians of their cash by starting the fraudulent Tibetan School of Miracles.

But something else is happening. Through Chrysalis's reunion with her brother, she begins to discover her adoptive father's secret past, causing her own identity to unravel. As Chrysalis lays down the facts of her life, she gambles her identity against the contradictions, half-truths, and fables of her past, leading her ultimately to question what it is we can truly know and whether it is fate or chance that dictates our lives.

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"It is rare that novels come as intelligent and as funny as this one. Newman reveals a subtle understanding of human nature and our philosophical dilemmas, while at the same time charting a hilarious roller-coaster ride through the flotsam of American pop culture: from Californian Buddhist retreats to the temples of gambling, from secret agents to UFOs, and then around the corner to the parking lot of the nearest 7-Eleven."--BOOK JACKET. "When Chrysalis Moffat and her brother Eddie inherit a mansion on the coast of California, Eddie hatches a plan to fleece credulous Californians of their cash by starting the fraudulent Tibetan School of Miracles. With Ralph as the would-be guru and miracle worker, the "school" quickly becomes more successful than anybody first imagined." "But something else is happening. As Chrysalis begins to discover her adoptive father's secret past, her own identity begins to unravel. Was it actually in Peru that she was born? What has the CIA got to do with it? Who is Denise Cadwallader? At the same time, Chrysalis is being drawn into Ralph's strange and compelling world: a realm of mind-blowing coincidence, obsessive gambling, and mysterious siblings.".… (more)

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