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  - 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

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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

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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