Apostle Islands by Tommy Zurhellen
(Messiah Trilogy)

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Tommy Zurhellen continues his rollicking present-day retelling of Jesus' life in Apostle Islands, his much-anticipated sequel to the story of the modern Messiah begun in Nazareth, North Dakota.

Zurhellen says setting his playful take on the New Testament in the upper Midwest was a natural move. Inspired by the Apostle Islands of the novel's title, Zurhellen picks up Sam's story as he emerges from forty days and nights in the North Dakotan Badlands. Supported by his loyal band of rough-and-ready bikers, Sam struggles to find his way and fulfill his mission on the shores of Lake Superior. His popularity spreads as he saves wedding receptions and cures cancer patients, but as he soon finds out, radical ideas and a diehard following are two easy ways to make enemies. Especially with the FBI.

With its fresh and irreverent perspective on some familiar faces, Apostle Islands tells a new story, all its own, that unabashedly asks just how much we're willing to sacrifice for the ones we love.


About Tommy Zurhellen

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Tommy Zurhellen has been teaching creative writing at Marist College since 2004, and serves as director of the Marist Summer Writing Institute and the Writer-in-Residence program. He received his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Alabama in 2002. His short works have been published in Quarterly West, Carolina Quarterly, Passages North, South Dakota Review,The MacGuffin, Crab Creek Review, Apalachee Review, River Oak Review, Red Mountain Review,Iconoclast, Coal City Review, and elsewhere. Apostle Islands is the sequel to his debut novel, Nazareth, North Dakota.AUTHOR HOME: Staatsburgh, NY OTHER BOOKS BY AUTHOR: Nazareth, North Dakota (Atticus Books, April 2011)
Published September 25, 2012 by Itasca Books. 240 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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