Posted by WC on April 13, 2012 at 15:04:52
Passing for Normal by Carl Asher
About the Book
In Passing for Normal, Carl invites you into the mind of an unwitting cult member. With a series of short stories and scenes, he takes you on a journey through the early years of that child’s life, from birth to escape. The point of view ages with the boy, giving the reader a candid insight into what life was really like in the 1980s and 90s as a second-generation member of The Family International (aka The Children of God and The Family).
From the childish bliss in The Book of Innocence, to the disquieting aberrations in The Books of Lessons and Misgivings, to the dilemmas and stoicism in The Books of Resolve and Backsliding, Passing for Normal is a rollercoaster of joy, sadness, revulsion, outrage and ultimately joy again. Comic relief is sprinkled throughout by the hilarity with which he describes the absurdity of many of the cult’s beliefs and practices.
About the Author
Carl Asher was born and raised within the isolation of The Family International. Kept segregated from all outside influences as a child, such as music, movies and books, he longed for escape. The secret discovery of George Orwell’s 1984 fueled his desire for literary contraband, and his admiration of such authors as a result drove his passion to become an author himself.
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