Holy Smoke

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Miamax, May 26, 1999 - Fiction - 272 pages
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In Holy Smoke, sisters Anna and Jane Campion have fashioned a novel of fierce originality. The story begins in late November 1998, with an Australian familys decision to rescue their daughter Ruth from the attentions of an Indian Guru. Feeling overwhelmed, they invest in the services of an American cult specialist, PJ Waters. Two days later, out in the Australian bush, the balance of power has slowly shifted between counselor and client. What starts as a spiritual struggle about the nature of belief becomes an erotic and disturbing tale of sexual obsession, forcing Ruth and PJ to explore a relationship neither had wanted to make.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A dual debut for filmmaker Campion and her sister Anna, who offer an account of a very twisted love/hate affair that transpires between a kidnaped cult member and her deprogrammer. "Exit counselors ... Read full review


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Capion's first film was Loaded, which she wrote and directed.

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