The Jesus Cow
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About the Author
Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin.
Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population: 485 (recently adapted for the stage), Truck: A Love Story, Coop, Visiting Tom, and Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy. Among his other dozen titles are The Scavengers (for young readers) and his novel The Jesus Cow.
Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then detoured into writing. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an intermittent pig farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album). His three live humor albums include Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues, and can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com.
Michael also hosts a subscription audio newsletter at www.michaelperry.substack.com.
"A fun commentary on small-town America and today's insatiable appetite for goofy stories to fill the Web." -- New York Post (Required Reading -- lead pick)
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
"Perry once again delivers his own brand of outlandishness through rich, endearing characterizations of quirky small-town folks....By deploying humor in depicting the often painful truths and absurdities of life, Perry successfully makes much larger statements about society and the human condition." -- Shelf Awareness
"A loveable, kind-hearted, and hilarious romp. Michael Perry has done it again - written another winning book that will satisfy his legions of already devout fans, and bring many more new devotees into the fold. Perry is a small-town American treasure." -- Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs
"After successful memoirs such as Population: 485 and Truck: A Love Story, 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." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The Jesus Cow, is a fun, effortless read that lends itself to audible chortles in readers. It's populated with average folks who could....be standing in line at the local grocery store or filling their gas tanks next to you at the all-night Kwick Pump." -- Eagle Tribune (Mass.)
"The Jesus Cow is Michael Perry at his best." -- VolumeOne
"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
"Perry's novel wrestles with some big issues-religion, environmentalism, community-but he resists letting his narrative get too bogged down in them. The result is a purposeful story that doesn't overwhelm, an often charming read that rarely takes itself too seriously." -- Publishers Weekly
"Humorist Perry's first novel combines irreverence with just the right amount of sweetness in a genuinely funny satire of religion and morality in small-town, contemporary America." -- Booklist
"Good fun abounds." -- Kirkus
"A wildly comic and deeply felt examination of faith, combining politics, scandal, farming, love, environmentalism and rural philosophy. This is a novel only Michael Perry could have written." -- Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members
"Readers of Perry's nonfiction books will want to know that this is perfect Perry-as-usual, only in novel form. If you're a fan, in fact, you'll eat this up. If you're not a fan yet, well, The Jesus Cow will change that." -- Bookworm Sez