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Alan J Cooper

Alan J Cooper

Alan J Cooper’s new book, The SECOND A Novel about Spirituality, Religion and Politics was published in November 2013 by Exile Editions, Holstein, Ontario. For launches and events The book is hard cover and 580 pages. Full list price $29.95 CAN/$26.95 U.S. with an $8.95 electronic version. Discount pricing via Indigos and Amazon. To order direct:

In The SECOND, Alan J Cooper considers our nature and culture by looking at power and conflict in people’s actions, and, through his erudite interpretation of emotional and intellectual tensions in society, he explores the nature of “belief”…

By way of the book’s diary-style entries we follow the protagonist, a vibrant French Canadian, Chantelle, who promotes a spirituality based on principles and not traditional dogma. Embracing her activism she moves across the U.S. and Canada engaging the complex ideologies that shape politics, religion, and spirituality, while balancing her rocky romance with an aspiring half-Jewish architect, and a connection to a New York organization with a hate-based agenda kept secret from her. But while Chantelle’s spirituality roots her beliefs, we see the “religious” more frequently lean toward evil over good…

The Second is a work of profound and moving secular spirituality that touches on all the markers of religion, a modern-day American Gothic in which the novel’s characters ultimately confront their individual identities through the realization of just how hard it is to make belief believable.

Alan J Cooper's personal website, with a five-minute video, is

Alan J Cooper of Toronto embarked on a writing career after being struck by an impaired driver and incurring a severe brain injury. His articles on spiritual issues have appeared in Canadian journals, as well as Toronto’s national newspaper the Globe and Mail. His first book Brain Injury was re-launched in soft-cover and e-book formats in November 2015. He will be doing a book signing at Indigo Bay Bloor, Toronto, on Sunday January 31 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. All are welcome! 

Mr. Cooper holds 5 degrees from the University of Toronto, including a Master of Religious Education and a master of Education.



THE SECOND. Exile Editions, 2013
BRAIN INJURY. White Knight Books, 2006
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