The Jesus Cow: A Novel

The Jesus Cow: A Novel

by Michael Perry

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The Jesus Cow: A Novel by Michael Perry

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—and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062289988
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 464,777
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Perry is a humorist, radio host, songwriter, and the New York Times bestselling author of several nonfiction books, including Visiting Tom and Population: 485, as well as a novel, The Jesus Cow. He lives in northern Wisconsin with his family and can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com.

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The Jesus Cow: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it, it’s great!
ellisonWM More than 1 year ago
A guy discovers at Christmas that a cow he owns has given birth to a calf with the image of Jesus on its flank. He is amazed and concerned and decides to hide it. 100 pages of character development as he meets a gal. Then the calf is exposed on social media and mayhem occurs. Occasional insight into the human condition. Swearing.