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The Washing of Brains by Johnny Townsend

The Washing of Brains

by Johnny Townsend

276 pages
Mormons and Ex-Mormons grapple with the difficulties of life.

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About the Book
A world-weary man becomes a widower for the third time. A non-Mormon couple allow their teenage daughter to be baptized but are then shocked when she rejects them and moves in with a more righteous family. A man awakens to celebrate a milestone birthday only to discover that horrifying world events demand his attention instead. A budding feminist tries to make a political statement by giving birth to her “illegitimate” son in church just before Mother’s Day. Missionaries in Rome try to prevent a terrorist bombing. The Prophet devises a plan to reverse global warming. A Salt Lake bishop is overwhelmed by his congregants’ secrets. A gay Mormon man devastated by the breakup of his marriage to a closeted Hasidic Jew considers returning to the fold. An unhappy bartender reminisces about the affair he had with his mission president in Paris. A returned missionary takes a job in an adult video store. A young woman befriends the dungeon master who lives above her. A BYU student working as an escort finds love.

 

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About the Author
Johnny Townsend Johnny Townsend earned an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University. He has published in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Humanist, The Progressive, Glimmer Train, and in many other publications. His books have been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

 

 

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