Thursday, June 15, 2017

"The Atheist and The Parrotfish" By Dr. Richard Barager Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 6/30

Dr. Richard Barager, MD, a nephrologist by day and a novelist by night. He just released his latest book, The Atheist and The Parrotfish (Evolved Publishing, May 2017). Dr. Barager has such a passion for the written word that he often prescribes books and short stories to his patients as part of their healing process.

About the Book:
Doctors tend to the needs of their patients, but patients give meaning to the lives of their doctors. So it is for Cullen Brodie, a twice-divorced California nephrologist, and Ennis Willoughby, a troubled cross-dresser whose life is saved by a rare heart-and-kidney transplant.

Cullen's bitter disbelief in the afterlife is tested when Ennis begins to exhibit tastes and characteristics uncannily similar to those of his female organ donor--whose first name Ennis inexplicably knows. When Ennis becomes convinced that the donor's soul has inhabited him, Cullen sides with Ennis's psychiatrist, who tells Ennis he has subconsciously confused his emerging transgender personality with the imagined characteristics of his female donor.

While his psychiatrist coaxes forth Ennis's female side, Cullen is summoned to the South Pacific by an old lover for a reckoning of their past. On the island paradise of Rarotonga, he is forced to confront the heartrending truth about a tragedy that destroyed their college romance--a tragedy Cullen blames on religious zealotry.

Filled with resentment over what he has learned, Cullen returns to Southern California determined to shatter Ennis's delusion of ensoulment. But Ennis's eerie knowledge of his donor's greatest secret forces Cullen to consider the unimaginable: Is it possible he is witness to a verifiable incident of transmigration, tangible proof of a human soul? Or is he witness instead to the miracle of being transgender? Male and female at once, the glory of one and the glory of the other, both shining--like a parrotfish, another miracle of nature, changing gender apace, beside its glorious, ever-changing hue.

About the Author:
By day he's a nephrologist, treating dialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients. By night he writes fiction. He believes the two finest callings in life are doctor and writer, one ministering to the human condition, the other illuminating it, each capable of transforming it.

He earned BA and MD degrees at the University of Minnesota and did his postgraduate training at Emory University in Atlanta and the University of California in San Diego. He lives now in Orange County, CA.

He is a champion of the healing power of literature and sometimes prescribe novels or short stories to patients to help them cope with illness. Fiction explores meaning in a way science cannot. Sometimes only fiction tells the truth.

For more information, please visit and connect with him on Facebook, LinkedIn and Goodreads.

"The Atheist and The Parrotfish" is available for purchase on, other online book sellers and at your local book retailers!


Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form for a chance to Win your own copy of Dr. Richard Barager's "The Atheist and The Parrotfish!" Giveaway ends 6/30/17. Giveaway is open to residents who live in the main 48 continental United States only, 18 years of age or older. No P.O. Boxes, sorry.

Disclosure: I posted this giveaway for the publisher. I didn't receive any compensation in exchange for my post.


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