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The Jaguar Man

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The Jaguar Man

What happens when one harrowing incident changes your life, splitting it between before and after?

On the fourth day of what Lara Naughton thought would be two weeks of bliss in Belize, she was kidnapped and assaulted by a man pretending to be a cabdriver. Held in the depths of the tropical forest—alone with the jaguar Man—she found that compassion was her only defense.

Lara's survival and journey of healing is poignant, compelling, and exceptional. Bending the limits of reality, she uses myth to process her experience. As Lara seeks a new understanding of herself, her lyrical, haunting prose reveals a belief that there is room for compassion—for self and and others—even in the midst of violence.

Lara Naughton is an author and documentary playwright. Her work includes Never Fight a Shark in the Water: The Wrongful Conviction of Gregory Bright. She is a certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer through The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. She lives and teaches in New Orleans.

What happens when one harrowing incident changes your life, splitting it between before and after?

On the fourth day of what Lara Naughton thought would be two weeks of bliss in Belize, she was kidnapped and assaulted by a man pretending to be a cabdriver. Held in the depths of the tropical forest—alone with the jaguar Man—she found that compassion was her only defense.

Lara's survival and journey of healing is poignant, compelling, and exceptional. Bending the limits of reality, she uses myth to process her experience. As Lara seeks a new understanding of herself, her lyrical, haunting prose reveals a belief that there is room for compassion—for self and and others—even in the midst of violence.

Lara Naughton is an author and documentary playwright. Her work includes Never Fight a Shark in the Water: The Wrongful Conviction of Gregory Bright. She is a certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer through The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. She lives and teaches in New Orleans.

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  • Lara Naughton: Lara Naughton is a New Orleans-based writer and teacher. She currently leads writing workshops with inmates in New Orleans's Parish Prison and is Chair of the Creative Writing Department at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
    Naughton received a BA in literature from the University of Notre Dame and a MPW in writing from the University of Southern California. She has published poetry and nonfiction and was the recipient of the Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship in 2012 for work that addresses social justice and the Surdna Arts Teacher Fellowship in 2009 for her work as a teacher. As a documentary playwright, she has created work with groups such as AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Program for Torture Victims, and Resurrection After Exoneration. Her play, Never Fight a Shark in Water, toured the United States.
    As a certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) through The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University's School of Medicine, Naughton serves as the Director of CompassionNOLA and teaches workshops and trainings on mindfulness and compassion.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 30, 2016
    Recounting how the fourth day of a two-week vacation turned into a nightmare, Naughton (Never Fight a Shark in Open Water) takes readers on a journey through hallucination, horror, and compassion. Naughton, an experienced traveler, is in Belize hoping to start a relationship with a local man she met there on a previous trip. On her way to see him, she carelessly enters an unmarked car that the driver claims is a taxi. The innocuous sound of a door clicking shut becomes a memory she revisits for years while struggling to recover from her subsequent abduction and rape by the knife-wielding driver—the “jaguar man.” That ordeal is recounted as a mixture of imagined and remembered moments that suggest Naughton turning her consciousness off and on. When her abductor releases her the following morning, Naughton is numb and in denial over the depth of her trauma. Once back home in California, she begins the long process of recovery. Her ability to feel compassion for her abductor—who was never captured—is part of what makes her story both excruciating and extraordinary. This is a brief but riveting look at a devastating experience and the resilience Naughton summons as her ultimate response. Agent: Rayhané Sanders, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin.

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