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Saving Valencia

by Steven Cooper - £9.99  Alyson Publications (2004)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781555838416 | ISBN 10: 1555838413

Valencia Brandywine, heiress to a hotel empire, is missing. Her brother Rico is on a quest to find her. But considering the history of the Brandywine family, this is no ordinary case of a missing person. Valencia and Rico were kidnapped many times as children. Huge sums of money were drained from the corporation to free them. But Valencia kidnapped as an adult? Rico doesn't buy it. That is, until the ransom note arrives. The demand: seven million dollars and Rico's public renunciation of his homosexuality. Seems that Valencia Brandywine has been kidnapped by Walk Away With Jesus, a group of fundamentalist zealots hell-bent on converting the world's gay men and lesbians to a life of station wagons and white picket fences. What follows is acclaimed author Steven Cooper's brilliant, magical romp through psychotherapy, religion, romance and several inauspicious erections. Rico, with dear friend D'vora Wasserman at his side, trots the globe - from Boston to Topeka to Puerto Rico to the Holy Land - in search of Valencia... a search that turns out to be a deeply personal and mystical journey. Rico learns who he is. He learns why he is who he is. He learns about the power that inhabits him, one he was born with, that brings out the truth in people. Cooper's wry, quirky, endearing novel is a story about discovery, spirituality, and ultimately, love.

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