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Lapsed (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Dux, Monica

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What happens when a good Catholic girl goes AWOL?<\strong> <\strong>From devout ten-year-old performing the part of Jesus in a primary school play to blaspheming, undergraduate atheist, Monica Dux and her attitude to the Catholic Church changed profoundly over a decade. Another t...en years and she'd calmed right down. Now she was just 'lapsed'. Then, on a family trip to Rome, her young daughter suddenly expressed a desire to be baptised. Monica found herself re-examining her own childhood and how Catholicism had shaped her. Was Catholicism really out of her system or was it in her blood for life? <\p> In Lapsed, Monica sets out to find the answer. Her investigations lead her to test a miracle cure in Lourdes and to steal from a church. She visits the grave of a headless Saint who claimed to be married to Christ (and wore a wedding ring made of his foreskin to prove it), and speaks to cannon lawyers, abuse survivors and even a nun who insists that the Virgin Mary starts her car every morning. She ponders the big questions, such as would Jesus really make a great dinner party guest or would he end up calling Einstein a blasphemer? And, far more seriously, given what she now knows about clerical abuse and its extent, is it enough to turn her back on the Church, or did she have a deeper, more enduring obligation? <\p> With the wry humour of David Sedaris and the razor-sharp observations of Nora Ephron, Lapsed is the story of one woman's attempt to exorcise her religious upbringing, and to answer the question, is Catholicism like a blood group and, if so, is it possible to get a total transfusion? <\p> Praise for Monica Dux<\strong><\p> 'Wonderfully witty and wry.' The Australian<\strong><\p> 'A myth-buster, inquisitive, intrepid and irreverent.' The Age<\strong><\p> 'Monica Dux is gifted with the rarest ability to marry intellectual rigour, sh t-yourself-funny insight and humane tenderness.' Benjamin Law<\strong><\p> 'Her writing has made me laugh, cry and swear.' Jane Caro<\strong><\p>
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ISBN 9780733340819
Published NZ 7 Apr 2021
Publisher ABC Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780733340819
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher ABC Books
Imprint ABC Books
Published 7 Apr 2021
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Dux, Monica
Category Biography & Autobiography
Religion & Beliefs
Religion: General
Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 430g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade