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Right Here, Right Now (SIGNED) A Novel

Ellis, Trey

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ISBN 10: 068484592X / ISBN 13: 9780684845920
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED on title page by Trey Ellis. Tight, clean and crisp. An excellent copy protected in a new Mylar cover. With "Signed Copy" sticker to cover. No inscriptions. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. ; 8vo; 285 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 13072

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Title: Right Here, Right Now (SIGNED) A Novel

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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After a night devoted to marijuana and cough syrup, a charismatic motivational speaker with a monstrous ego, a weakness for women, and a wild imagination becomes the guru of a cult that blends the dangerous and the ridiculous. 25,000 first printing.


When millennial spiritual hunger replaces '90s infinite perfectibility as the trend du jour, self-help guru Ashton Robinson is there to catch the breaking wave. He's a surfer--a handsome, dreadlocked black Yale grad with a palatable message ("Try Harder") and no real convictions to capsize his motivational juggernaut. Then one night while he's tripping on a heady blend of expired cough suppressant and primo weed, a gender-bending Brazilian midget turns up, seduces him, and delivers this message: "You're hiding your ashay.... God chose you and only you to bring the world to the future. It will be a lonely and difficult journey, but you can do it." Ashton does enough spotty research to find out that axe (pronounced ashay) is more or less the Yoruba equivalent of chi--spiritual life force--as expressed in the Afro-Cuban-Brazilian traditions of Candomble, Santeria, and Vodun. To this he adds a much more rigorous pursuit of Tantric sex, collects a handful of true believers, and converts his California bachelor pad into the residential headquarters of a New Age cult, complete with GAP uniforms and cough syrup sacraments.

Ashton's community eventually comes undone, thanks to intrinsic jealousies and extrinsic envy--as such social-spiritual experiments historically do. But before things fall apart, Ellis pokes some pointed fun at the psychosexual shortcomings of white males and writes a lot of ebullient ménage à many sex scenes, during which Ashton reserves his bodily fluids while manipulating his female devotées to hours-long continuous orgasm. Right Here, Right Now claims to be the transcription of Ashton's ongoing conversation with his pocket tape recorder. This narrative device may provide less subtle character inflection than Ellis intended, but it does assure that the cult's strong suit and the novel's are one and the same--more kinky, invigorating sex than the Heaven's Gate gang ever imagined. --Joyce Thompson

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