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Daughters of joy
Chopra, Deepak.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2002]

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237 pages ; 24 cm
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Struggling writer Jess Conover needs a job. But when he meets lovely, willowy Elena on a cold November night in Boston, he is swept into an age-old mystery instead. At first he thinks that it is Elena herself who makes him feel as if his whole reality is about to be transformed. Then Jess discovers that this woman, who talks so knowingly about love, is the leader of a "mystery school" going back many centuries. The Daughters of Joy, as they are called, serve Amor, the god of love. In the modern world, with its restless longing and terrifying violence, Amor may seem extinct. Yet the lessons of love have been passed on like a secret treasure from generation to generation. Jess is compelled to enter "the second world" that lies behind our own, a place nurtured and preserved by a handful of women who can guide him on this remarkable adventure of the heart.

Author Notes

Deepak Chopra was born in New Delhi, India in 1946. He was educated as a medical doctor, specializing in endocrinology, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He served as Chief of Staff at Boston Regional Medical Center, and has taught at Tufts and Boston University Medical Schools. He recognized limitations in the ways that his medical education approached treatment of individuals. Introduced to the ancient methods of Hindu healing, known as Ayurveda, by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he saw a way to add a spiritual dimension to treatment of illness. Chopra's thinking led him to develop a theory that he called Quantum Healing, which combines Western and Hindu medical practice.

In 1984, Chopra brought Ayurvedic medicine to the United States, and within a year he established the Ayurvedic Health Centre of Stress Management and Behavioral Medicine in Lancaster, Massachusetts. He is also the founding President of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and eventually founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

He has written more than 55 books including Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old; Creating Health: How to Wake Up the Body's Intelligence; Creating Affluence: The A-to-Z Steps to a Richer Life; The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams; The Shadow Effect and Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet; Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges; Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being; and The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Super Charge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life. He has won numerous awards including a Quill Award for Peace Is the Way and the grand prize at the 2005 Nautilus Book Awards for The Book of Secrets. He also writes novels including The Return of Merlin; Soulmate; and Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment.

(Bowker Author Biography) Deepak Chopra, M.D., is the best-selling author of "Ageless Body, Timeless Mind," "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success," & many other books.

(Publisher Provided) Deepak Chopra has written 26 books, which have been translated into 35 languages. He currently serves as CEO & founder of The Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California.

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Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Inspirational guru Chopra proves, as he did with previous fictional forays (including Soulmate and The Return of Merlin), that he's not a novelist. While the spiritual energy that inspires millions to spend billions on Chopra's books and seminars hovers like an aura around the novel, it fails to enliven the aimless plot or cardboard characters. Jess Conover is the dubious hero, a 28-year-old writer wandering listlessly through life in Boston. One day, a newspaper ad catches his eye. The ad reads: "Love has found you. Tell no one, just come." A life-altering journey begins. Jess heads to New Hampshire, where he meets elderly Dolly and lovely young Elena, two spiritually energized women who draw him into their mystical lives devoted to love. Even readers eager to suspend disbelief will find themselves resisting, not because the events related are so incredible but because they are so vague. The barely defined narrative progresses as Jess becomes leader of a "mystery school" and the two women impart bits of cryptic wisdom. Their pronouncements not only sound mysterious, but remain so for the simple reason that they function more as soothing mantras than meaningful life lessons. Hollow phrases like "Love makes the world possible" and "Nothing exists without you" are made to signify everything and nothing. The writing is serviceable, but the story and message are forgettable. Chopra's nonfiction fans might be willing to give the book a go, hoping for fictional fulfillment, but chances are even they will be disappointed. (Nov.) Forecast: Chopra's fiction has never sold as well as his nonfiction, and this offering is unlikely to narrow the gap. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

By now, Chopra's works speak for, or against, themselves; there is very little need to introduce "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine." The current volume is another study of the positive power of love, achieved in this case through mystical experience. It is certainly Chopra, but scarcely a novel as billed. Slackly written and devoid of narrative, character, or observation, Chopra's book is a carefully managed set of conversations on the author's favorite topics. The narrative form is so disquieting to Chopra that by the end he lapses into the sort of adept-to-seeker dialog familiar from a thousand other books on spirituality; one wonders why he bothered with even the initial sets and costumes of fiction. For collections where there is a strong interest in Chopra's work. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.