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When Mermaids Sing Zvonkovic Mark Zvonkovic

When Mermaids Sing

Zvonkovic Mark Zvonkovic

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ISBN : 9781440167171
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248 pages
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In the early 1970s, religious cults aggressively recruited baby boomers who were coming of age in a new era of experimentation and self-pursuit. Many parents, desperate when a child would disappear into a cult, resorted to hiring a deprogrammer whoMoreIn the early 1970s, religious cults aggressively recruited baby boomers who were coming of age in a new era of experimentation and self-pursuit. Many parents, desperate when a child would disappear into a cult, resorted to hiring a deprogrammer who would, usually surreptitiously, extract the child from the cult and use deprogramming techniques to convince the child to return to the family. This practice was extremely controversial and often resulted in criminal and civil actions, as well as good newspaper copy. Larry Brown is a young, self-absorbed junior high school English teacher in Medford, Massachusetts with serious relationship problems. One weekend he meets Jenny, a young woman who is attempting to extract her brother from a cult that has an ashram on Cape Cod. Larry soon discovers that his cousin, Bradley, is a member of the same cult. With the help of Sam Henry, a feared deprogrammer also known as Black Lightning, they kidnap Jennys brother and Bradley from the ashram and Larry is forced to face the hard reality that his cousin is in a precarious emotional state. Larrys comfortable liberal principles are tested, and his cherished childhood memories are shattered by the ordeal.