The Devoted (Hardcover)
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393651591, 320pp.
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
"She comes early, wet with rain, and confronts him in the back hall of the Zendo. 'I need to know some things, ' she says. 'You better come in, ' he says, and holds open the door. . . ."
Nicole Hennessy's life revolves around her Zen practice at the Boston Zendo, seeking spiritual solace in the tenets of Buddhism. After a decade of grueling spiritual practice under her master's tutelage, living on a shoestring as a shop clerk, Nicole has become sexually and emotionally entangled with her mentor. To break free, she must retrace her entire life's journey--from her strict Irish Catholic upbringing to her drug-fueled year as a teenage runaway. Even as she reinvents herself in New York City, her master's intoxicating voice pursues her, whispering dangerously in her ear. Somehow, he knows everything.
A hypnotic and daring debut, The Devoted asks what it takes, and what you'll sacrifice, to find enlightenment.