Hunters and Gatherers by Francine Prose
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A witty and wry satire of New Age searchers, our spiritual longings, and our earthbound natures
Martha is thirty, and her life has stalled. Her last boyfriend turned cruel long before he left her, her fact-checking job is underpaying and unfulfilling, and the aimlessness of her twenties—which she thought was just a phase—has become her defining characteristic. She is wandering along the beach when she spies a group of women performing a strange spiritual ceremony that stirs something deep within her. With names like Isis Moonwagon and Hegwitha, they have given themselves fully to the worship of the Goddess. After Martha earns an honored place in their budding religion, she gets to know its members and finds that the New Age has some of the same problems as the old one.

About Francine Prose

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Born in Brooklyn, Francine Prose has published fourteen novels. The "Washington Post" has called her work a sheer delight.
Published September 24, 2013 by Open Road Media. 210 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Wonderfully comic satire of a lonely woman involved in a New Age feminist group.

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The conclusion--involving a hunt for the missing teenage daughter of one of the women, and an encounter with a man who stands all the women's bitter theories on their heads--is beautifully realized, with a breathtaking and utterly unexpected flash-forward for Martha.

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Thus her latest novel, Hunters and Gatherers, begins with Martha, a fashion-magazine fact checker recently dumped by her boyfriend, hanging out on the beach at Fire Island only to be co-opted by a group of ''Goddess worshippers'' when she rescues their leader, Isis Moonwagon, from drowning in the...

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