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A Return to Innocence: A Novel
By Melvin DeFleur
Is the Fountain of Youth a Holy Grail?
Michael Corey, a 70-year-old professor in Boston, is about to retire. But his plans are derailed when his wife dies and when he has a severe reaction to an inoculation, is struck by lightening, and receives an overdose of x-rays while undergoing a CAT scan.
He recovers and returns to teaching, but his friends and colleagues are puzzled by his changing appearance. As the days pass, he looks younger and younger.
His doctor and medical lab conclude that one or more of the traumas have altered the DNA in his bone marrow. Undifferentiated stem cells are replacing tissues in his body that cause aging.
When a major pharmaceutical firm and the U.S. Army find out about the reverse aging, Michael becomes the target of a botched abduction. He changes his identity and goes on the run.
For Michael, youth has its advantages, including more sex. But as he becomes younger and associates with more younger people, he confronts a dilemma he never anticipated: people seem to be more shallow, poorly informed, and boring.
Will Michael want to reverse what is happening to him? Can he find a way to reverse it?
A Return to Innocence explores these and other questions in compelling story that will make you reconsider getting that next plastic surgery.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melvin DeFleur is distinguished professor of mass communication at Louisiana State University. He has written more than a dozen books. This is his first novel.
420 pages / paperback / 5 x 8 format / Copyright 2006 / $22.95 / Includes CIP Data / ISBN: 0-922993-50-5