- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
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Holy Water is a swift and biting black comedy that blends outrageous satire with subtle understandings of the corporate and humanitarian business models.
Henry Tuhoe works for a multinational conglomerate that’s starting to outsource to third‐world countries. He has a beautiful wife who won’t let him touch her, and a new home in the suburbs with a hefty mortgage. Life doesn’t seem so sweet any more.
Then Henry’s boss offers him a choice: lose his job or go to the tiny, about‐to‐be globalised Kingdom of Galado to set up the back office (aka call centre) for a boutique bottled‐water company. Henry takes the job.
In Galado, Henry wrestles with first‐world moral conundrums, the life he left behind, the attention of a steroid‐abusing, megalomaniacal monarch, and a woman intent on redeeming both his soul and her country.
Praise for Holy Water:
Unlike many of today’s novels, this one stays with you long after the last paragraph. ★★★★GOOD READING MAGAZINE
How are we to live? It’s the persistent question that haunts most good fiction, in Othmer’s new novel it is framed in a way that is both mordantly funny and caustically satirical.THE WEST AUSTRALIAN