The Jesus Cow (Michael Perry, 2015)

jesus cow

Why did you choose this book?

I read a synopsis and was immediately sold.

What’s it about?

Harley Jackson lives in the small town of Swivel, Wisconsin, farming and raising a few cattle.  One night, his dairy cow has a calf.  The calf bears a birthmark that is unmistakably Jesus (no more detail on the matter is ever provided).  Harley does his best to conceal this little one, but one day it wanders out the barn door, along with Harley’s secret.  Before he knows it, Harley has to decide whether to turn this happenstance into a moneymaking venture or whether to try and keep the crowds away on his own.


Humor, fiction

Other recommended reads?

If you like this, you’re going to love Garrison Keillor.  I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t care as much for his radio show, but I love his books, like Lake Wobegon Days.  The entire time I was reading this book, I just kept thinking that a fan of Garrison Keillor would love this.


I loved the writing style and the way that Perry made the average details of small-town life believable and funny.  From the fact that the town is named Swivel to the crazy things that happen, this was an enjoyable romp from beginning to end.

Up next?

The News Sorority by Sheila Weller


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