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By Tom Robbins

While the inventory marketplace crashes at the Thursday earlier than Easter, you—an formidable, even if ineffectual and never fullyyt moral younger broker—are confident that you’re dealing with the Weekend from Hell. sooner than the industry reopens on Monday, you’re going to need to scramble and scheme to hide your butt, yet there’s no approach you could expect the baffling disappearance of a 300-pound psychic, the autumn from grace of a born-again monkey, or the intrusion on your lifetime of a tattooed stranger cause on blowing your brain and such a lot of your fuses. Over those fateful 3 days, you may be compelled to confront every little thing from mysterious African rituals to mythical amphibians, from tarot-card bombshells to highway violence, out of your personal sexuality to outer house. this can be, finally, a Tom Robbins novel—and the writer hasn't ever been in finer shape.

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