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The Magic Touch
The Magic Touch
Author: Rachel Simon
Born two days after her mother's death, Celeste Kipplebaum Runetoon Kelly discovers she has a preternatural power to heal people through sex, and sets off on a surreal, sublime journey through good, evil, and rock 'n' roll. This wild ride of a novel, published by Viking in 1994, is funny, sexy, satirical,  linguistically ex...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780670852628
ISBN-10: 0670852627
Publication Date: 5/25/1994
Pages: 336
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

2.5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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This is probably one of the strangest books I have read in a long time. The book's protagonist, Celeste, was born two days after her mother died. But then she is placed next to her mother and lo and behold, her mother comes back to life. It turns out that Celeste is a healer and she is able to heal common woes such as the cold and flu simply by touching the afflicted. But then when she reaches puberty, she finds that she has the power to not only heal ailments but to revive the soul of people through sexual healing. So how did she come by this magical power? The novel also tells of her grandmother who has an encounter with a magical being while on a cruise. But that is not all of the story. Celeste is also destined to fight evil and a cabal known as the Matrix and its ungodly leader called the Gacy Guru. So who is this evil person and who is Celeste's father and grandfather?

This all comes to a head in the climax of the story but I must say I really wasn't too enthralled by the whole thing. It was kind of like a fractured fairy tale. I didn't find it erotic nor did I find the storyline compelling. The language used in the novel was also somewhat tedious. Overall, I would just say it was all rather silly.