The Sutra of Reverse Possession

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About the author:
David J. Keffer was born in Kansas City, MO. He pursued a technical education earning a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. After a year as a post-doctoral scholar at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., he began his career as an engineering professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he remains today. He has published about 90 technical papers in archival journals.

Outside of engineering, David Keffer studied world literature and creative writing. He has published analytical articles on the works of Primo Levi and Kobo Abé located in the Scriptorium of The Modern Word site. He created various reading aids to several classical Chinese novels. Over the past two decades, David Keffer has been active writing novels, poetry and stories. Several illustrated stories are available on the web at

David Keffer lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife, Lynn, and two children. As a family, they enjoy hiking through the local mountains and are always on the look out for poison pie and other ambivalent mushrooms that dot the landscape.

The Sutra of Reverse Possession

A Novel of Non-Idiomatic Improvisation

Authored by David J Keffer

What do a demon called Earth Traveler Sun, a lost soul known as The Unmothered Son, and the ghost of Charlie Ankleyard all have in common? Poppy Hortie invited them each in turn inside himself in an attempt to determine which of them could provide a path to a perspective that would help him make better sense of the world and his role in it as husband and father. Through the exploration of violence, apathy and non-idiomatic improvisation, Poppy Hortie discovers a recipe for living that could not have been reached without the strength of these spirits imprisoned within him
through the magic of the sutra of reverse possession.

Publication Date:
1481039008 / 9781481039000
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Literary

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