Diary of a Heretic

Malcolm Tully, the sensitive young owner of a pastry shop in suburban Chicago, only wanted an open-mike night, not a spiritual movement. But when his shop hosts a Saturday night discussion group, he finds an audience hungry to learn life's meaning and ready to pay for it. Seduced by his scheming pastry chef, Carlos, Malcolm becomes reluctant leader of a cult-like business enterprise that Carlos thinks will make them rich.
Malcolm's diary chronicles their transformation as the outlandish venture grows beyond their wildest dreams. His initial panic turns to pride as he gains confidence, but he falters when self-doubt creeps in. Carlos's sexual blandishments turn desperate as he becomes dependent on Malcolm to keep the money flowing in.
Quirky, comic, erotic, and poignant, DIARY OF A HERETIC is a wild ride through the dark reaches of faith and desire.


A fascinating book!" --Bill Thompson, Eye on Books

"'If you want to get rich, you start a religion.' - L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. That is the first thing I thought of when reading this delightfully quirky novel...endlessly entertaining." --Stacy Decker, Goodreads

'Diary of a Heretic' was like reading Kurt Vonnegut's 'Breakfast of Champions' for the first time. Maher gives us a deeply philosophical and yet very approachable novel." --Rabid Readers Reviews


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About Kathleen Maher

Kathleen Maher wrote Diary of a Heretic while she raised two children in suburban Tarrytown, New York. An excerpt from the novel reached finalist status in the inaugural Richard Hall Memorial Short Story Contest sponsored by the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2000. She is the author of Underground Nest, a novella, and her short fiction has appeared in literary journals including Ascent, Black Warrior Review, Confrontation, Cottonwood, Descant (TCU), Gargoyle, Passages North, and The View From Here. Her work has been short-listed in numerous contests, including The William Faulkner Society Novel Competition, Iowa School of Letters Award, and Drue Heinz Literature Prize.

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