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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Perry Narrator: Michael Perry Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9780062395009
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New York Times bestselling humorist Michael Perry makes his fiction debut with this hilarious and big-hearted tale, a comic yet sincere exploration of faith and the foibles of modern life that blends the barbed charm of Garrison Keillor, the irreverent humor of Christopher Moore, and the audacious insight of Chuck Klosterman.

Life is suddenly full of drama for low-key Harley Jackson. A woman in a big red pickup has stolen his bachelor’s heart, a Hummer-driving predatory developer is threatening to pave the last vestiges of his family farm, and inside his barn is a calf bearing the image of Jesus Christ. His best friend, Billy, a giant of a man who shares his trailer house with a herd of cats and tries to pass off country music lyrics as philosophy, urges him to avoid the woman, fight the developer, and get rich off the calf. But Harley takes the opposite tack, hoping to avoid what his devout, dearly departed mother would have called “a scene.”

Then the secret gets out—right through the barn door—and Harley’s “miracle” goes viral. Within hours pilgrims, grifters, and the media have descended on his quiet patch of Swivel, Wisconsin, looking for a glimpse—and a percentage—of the calf. Does Harley hide the famous, possibly holy calf and risk a riot, or give the people what they want, raise enough money to keep his land, and, just possibly, win the woman and her big red pickup truck?

Harley goes all in, cutting a deal with a major Hollywood agent that transforms his little farm into an international spiritual theme park—think Lourdes, only with cheese curds and t-shirts. Soon Harley has lots of money … and more trouble than he ever dreamed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fun commentary on small-town America and today’s insatiable appetite for goofy stories to fill the Web.”

    New York Post

  • “This is Michael Perry’s first novel for adults, and it’s a good one. The tale….is laugh-out-loud funny and propelled by plot lines that come together in an explosive climax.”

    Minneapolist Star Tribune

  • “Perry’s simple pleasures grow mighty complicated as his aw-shucks pastoral dabbles in love, riches, barn sex, local politics, and finally a municipal catastrophe. And all because of a special cow, er, steer.”

    Milwaukee Magazine

  • The Jesus Cow, is a fun, effortless read that lends itself to audible chortles in readers.”

    Eagle Tribune (Massachusetts)

  • “A hilarious glimpse into small-town life and cowboy/farmer/‘Scandihoovian’ philosophy, combined with meditations on the meanings of faith, environmentalism, development, and romance. Highly recommended for fans of Christopher Moore.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Combines irreverence with just the right amount of sweetness in a genuinely funny satire of religion and morality in small-town, contemporary America.”

    Booklist

  • “Michael Perry takes a direct, wry approach to narrating his own bizarre work…Perry’s pacing neatly embodies the ebb and flow of life in a small town…The story, and Perry’s delivery, are simultaneously wholesome and irreverent… Perry’s story and delivery are idiosyncratic, honest, and likable.”

    AudioFile

  • On the New York Post’s “Required Reading” List
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About the Author
Michael Perry lives in rural Wisconsin and online at www.sneezingcow.com.