Tuesday Teaser/Opener ~ The Jesus Cow

I love Michael Perry's nonfiction, so I've been dying to get my hands on his first novel, The Jesus Cow: A Novel. When it went on sale at Amazon, of course I snatched it up. I'm very excited to start reading this.


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.

Opening: (Prologue)
  On Christmas Eve itself, the bachelor Harley Jackson stepped into his barn and beheld there illuminated in the straw a smallish newborn bull calf upon whose flank was borne the very image of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  "Well," said Harley, "that's trouble."

Harley liked few things better in this world than a good pair of boots. But among those things was a woman in a good pair of boots. Not spike pumps or furry winter clompers or thigh-high "bondage waders" (Billy's term), but rather sturdy wafflestompers with some scuff on them.

I just love how Perry takes the image of this woman who's not remotely a seductress and makes her the ultimate sexy woman in Harley's eyes.

Would you keep reading?

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  1. This made me smile. I would give it a go.

  2. I would definitely pick up this one! I love the tone of the writing. I might not have chosen if for myself, thanks.

  3. Oh, I do enjoy a narrator who is gritty and shows us exactly what he enjoys....LOL. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “SNOW ANGEL COVE”

  4. The excerpts you featured remind me of Carl Hiaasen's style of writing -- bizarre characters and crazy situations that make me laugh. LOVE the description in the Teaser! I'll definitely read this book.
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    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

  5. I love that opening. What an understatement. I really like your teaser too--for just the reason you mention and because I'd be more likely to wear those types of boots. :-) This sounds like such an interesting book, one that is funny and yet also thoughtful.

  6. I like both the opening paragraph and the teaser. This is good writing! You're making me want to check this book out. Thanks. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  7. You know I received this one and thought - silly, but now after reading the intro, I'm curious. Thanks for sharing.