Flirt to deconvert: Therese Doucet’s “A Lost Argument”
Marguerite has a problem. She loves the structure and purpose that Mormonism provides, and — like every good BYU co-ed — she’s dying to land a man. Unfortunately, instead of being a perky blonde out of a shampoo commercial, she’s a shy, nerdy bookworm — and hence practically invisible to BYU guys. When she spends a Summer term back home in Arizona, all it takes is one fun guy with the body of a Greek god and a handful of Philosophy 101 to start Marguerite on a journey of contemplation that eventually melts her Mormonism away.
Problem solved? Not exactly…
Therese Doucet’s A Lost Argument is a realistic and heartfelt portrait of the ups and downs of life and love for young people who don’t fit the perfect Mormon mold. It’s also an interesting study in what happens when you take intelligent girls and train them that their worth is entirely determined by their ability to land and please a man. Even when you lose your religion, these sorts of ingrained lessons don’t automatically disappear with it.
A Lost Argument is published by Strange Violin Editions and available through Smashwords and Amazon.
Here’s her blog and the independent press she’s started, which was born just this month.
Strange Violin Editions will be publishing:
Now see, THAT is what I’d call a MORMON publisher. There’s very little boundary maintenance.
Here’s an excerpt from Doucet’s blog:
I’m definitely a fan of the self-publishing phenomenon, and then networking around a theme for a small press. I can’t imagine how great it must feel to have one’s own successful small press (although of course Doucet is just beginning). Sure, these little presses come and go everyday, but I think Doucet has potentially tapped into a longstanding market.
Thanks for the review and link — I’ve just kindled it and will be reading it soon! 🙂
Chanson – thanks, I hugely appreciate the review!
FYI, the book is also available at Barnes & Noble online, and on Nook and the iBookstore. And please excuse the self-promotion, but I’m doing a free book giveaway on Goodreads.com starting tomorrow and lasting through October 23 …
Alan – Thanks! I am pretty excited about the press. Please send any works-in-progress or fellow writers my way when they’re ready! (I read the beginning of your book a while back by the and am looking forward to buying a copy next time I’m emptying my Amazon cart … )
wry catcher – hope you enjoy it!
A Facebook friend just alerted me to the following book by Nicole Hardy, forthcoming in Winter 2013. http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2011/06/22/local-author-meets-publishing-success Another former Mormon author hits the big time! Check out that Modern Love column, too – it’s pretty interesting!
Oh, and with the foregoing comment, I did not mean to imply that I, too, was hitting the big time. I am hitting the small time. But we all have to start somewhere!
Sounds interesting. I’ll have to check it out!
Here’s a link to the goodreads giveaway: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/14766-a-lost-argument-a-latter-day-novel