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Bad Therapist: A Romance Paperback – February 14, 2013
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"The sincere, comedic and provocative new novel, Bad Therapist, by Manhattan psychotherapist Will Meyerhofer, utilizes a Swiftian science fiction conceit as a pretext for a thoughtful meditation on love, shifting cultural mores concerning gender and sexuality and psychotherapy itself ... the author is clearly serious in his admirable desire to pull down Shibboleths of therapy and its healing aims, as well as cultural prejudices that divide people, families, nations, and, who knows?, perhaps species and solar systems as well." - Christopher Murray, LCSW-R, HuffPost Gay Voices
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Bad Therapist, Will Meyerhofer's first novel, meditates upon such issues of identity and love through a postmodern blending of reality, fiction, and science fiction. The result is a fanboy-fun, fantastical romance affording reflections upon who we are, who we love, and how we love. In it, Will Meyerhofer, a Manhattan psychotherapist, finds himself the social science subject and love interest of Sherwin, an alien from a highly-developed planet light years from Earth. Sherwin readily admits his love for Will, whose professional ethics forbid reciprocation. As a "bad therapist", Will romances and falls in love with Sherwin (all the probing is consensual), who, despite being an alien, suffers the same estrangement from his parents and his people so many humans suffer. He's an alienated alien. Will's entanglement with Sherwin occasions extended discourses upon cultural, sexual, and political identities and how they define romance. As part of this exploration, Meyerhofer discusses the practice of psychotherapy, which, for him, promotes self-knowledge (and therefore inner peace) by confronting truths about oneself one either hasn't acknowledged or doesn't want to.
This work is, as Meyerhofer describes it, "sui generis".Read more ›
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People who follow Meyerhofer's writing have come to expect it to be authentic, insightful and urbane. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Victor S
Unfortunately, I had to stop reading the book. There were too many extremely graphic depictions of sex. (The book begins with one. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Big Ben
What a fine piece of literary indulgence this is! Bless Will Meyerhofer for not taking himself too seriously, and in turn making us all feel a little less alone in our bizarre... Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Krista Ramirez
This narrative is a positive approach to the probability of life outside our universe with lots of humor in the situations during the dating period. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by JR
Interesting book! it is kind of a genre mix, not actual science fiction, more like urban science fiction - does that even exist? In any case, an amusing read.Published on August 26, 2013 by evaclaudia
If the idea of a gay psychotherapist/blue alien romance novel sounds interesting to you even in the slightest, then I'd strongly recommend giving Bad Therapist a read. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by ROSS K TAYLOR