The Magic Touch by Rachel Simon
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Born two days after her mother's death, Celeste Kipplebaum Runetoon Kelly discovers she has a preternatural power to heal people through sex, and sets off on a surreal, sublime journey through good, evil, and rock 'n' roll. This wild ride of a novel, published by Viking in 1994, is funny, sexy, satirical, linguistically exuberant, and utterly unique. Written as a fictional biography, it tells the life story of a woman with magical sexual powers that she uses to heal people: during the act of making love, her partners re-experience their most painful memories, and as she lives their memories with them, she removes their suffering and takes it into herself, leaving them cleaned, strong, and youthful. Woven through her story is that of her grandmother, whose own mysterious background propels the story forward in ways that begin as Faustian and end up as spiritual. The story culminates in an unforgettable, earth-shattering showdown between the forces of good and evil.

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Rachel Simon is an award-winning author and nationally known public speaker. She is best known for her critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir Riding the Bus with My Sister, which was adapted for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie of the same name. The book has garnered numerous awards, and is a frequent and much beloved selection of many book clubs, school reading programs, and city-wide reads throughout the country. Simon is also the author of the bestselling novel The Story of Beautiful Girl. She lives in Delaware and can be reached through her website,
Published May 25, 1994 by Viking Adult. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Perhaps no one can surpass Robbins's sublime stew of nonsense and wisdom, though this, Simon's first novel (her short-story collection, Little Nightmares, Little Dreams, 1990, mined much of the same territory), has plenty of the former and is abubble with wildly imaginative, sometimes gratingly c...

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If suspension of disbelief is well-nigh impossible to come by--Celeste's hometown is the Bullwinklesque Fossilfink Falls, Pa., the venal U.S. vice president's name is Stinkweed and Celeste motors around in a Dodge Royal that talks--Simon ( Little Nightmares, Little Dreams , a collection of storie...

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