Holy Water: A Novel

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Doubleday, 2010 - Fiction - 292 pages
9 Reviews
A mordant, ruefully funny novel about downsizing, outsourcing, globalization,  third-world dictatorships, and vasectomies, by the acclaimed author ofThe FuturistandAdland.

Henry Tuhoe is the quintessential twenty-first-century man. He has a vague, well-compensated job working for a multinational  conglomerate—but everyone around him is getting laid off as the company outsources everything it can to third-world countries.

He has a beautiful wife—his college  sweetheart—and an idyllic new home in the leafy suburbs, complete with pool. But his wife won’t let him touch her, even though she demanded he get a vasectomy; he’s seriously overleveraged on the mortgage; and no matter what chemicals he tries the pool remains a corpselike shade of ghastly green.

Then Henry’s boss offers him a choice: go to the tiny, magical, about-to-be-globalized Kingdom of Galado to oversee the launch of a new customer-service call center for a boutique bottled water company the conglomerate has just acquired, or lose the job with no severance. Henry takes the transfer, more out of fecklessness than a sense of adventure.

In Galado, a land both spiritual and corrupt, Henry wrestles with first-world moral conundrums, the life he left behind, the attention of a steroid-abusing, megalomaniacal monarch, and a woman intent on redeeming both his soul and her country. The result is a riveting piece of fiction of and for our times, blackly satirical, moving, and profound.

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User Review  - Len - Goodreads

I absolutely loved James Othmer's first novel, The Futurist, so I was really looking forward to Holy Water. It didn't disappoint, although it's not as good as The Futurist in my opinion. Holy Water ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shelley - Goodreads

Holy Water started out quirky in a good way. Henry was a mess and sparked an interest from the beginnging. Book took a downturn on page 199 when his relationship with Maya got silly without any reason ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

JAMES P. OTHMER is the author of Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet and the novel The Futurist, expanded from a short story published in the Virginia Quarterly that was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and children.

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