Only Begotten Daughter by James Morrow
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Winner of the World Fantasy Award: James Morrow imagines the advent of an unconventional savior—a female deity—and chronicles her trials and temptations in a modern world gone mad
Rejoice! A new messiah has come, and her name is Julie. Born to Murray Katz, the solitary (and celibate) keeper of an abandoned lighthouse on the Jersey shore, our protagonist arrives on Earth boasting supernatural abilities evocative of her divine half brother, Jesus. As a child, she revels in her talent for walking on water, resurrecting dead crabs, and treating fireflies as luminous alphabet blocks. But after she reaches adolescence, her life becomes as challenging and ambiguous as any mortal’s. Not only is Julie Katz obliged to deal with a silver-tongued devil and self-righteous neo-Christian zealots, she must also figure out what sort of mission her mother—the female Supreme Being—has in mind for her.
At once outrageous and affirming, James Morrow’s Only Begotten Daughter is a magnificent work of contemporary satire that holds a mirror up to human nature, astutely reflecting our species’ failings, foibles, and often misguided affections.

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Morrow has won the Nebula Award twice.
Published August 20, 2013 by Open Road Media. 312 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Morrow's flamboyant fantasy satire concerns the misadventures of a Jewish recluse in New Jersey who accidentally fathers God's daughter.

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The rest of the novel chronicles Julie Katz's life as she struggles under the burden of godhood.

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Julie, as this divinely begotten child is called, was conceived from the sperm of Murray Jacob Katz and a 'holy ovum'.

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