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Zombies for Jesus by Johnny Townsend

Zombies for Jesus

by Johnny Townsend

296 pages
A girl is haunted by Joseph Smith's wife. A timid gay man unleashes his inner beast through a role-playing game. A plastic surgeon accidentally discovers a new life form. God's wives fight for supremacy amongst themselves. Two women switched at birth have to decide to which eternal family they belong. And much more.

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About the Book
A teenage Mormon girl finds that her house is haunted by Joseph Smith's wife. A woman copes with her sexual relationship after learning her husband is gay. A college instructor confronts his own racism. A plastic surgeon accidentally discovers a new life form. A timid gay man unleashes his inner beast through a role-playing game. God's wives fight for supremacy amongst themselves. These stories show us the expanding variety of topics developed in the burgeoning field of Mormon literature. Stephen Carter, editor of Sunstone magazine, has called Johnny Townsend "an important voice in the Mormon community."

 

Reviews
Johnny Townsend writes short stories about the inner lives of Mormons and ex-Mormons with a great deal of compassion. It is the humanity of these struggles that [he] portrays so well. Large theological questions and small lives make Townsend's characters fully human.
- Kel Munger, Sacramento News and Review
Townsend's lively writing style and engaging characters make for stories which force us to wake up, smell the (prohibited) coffee, and review our attitudes with regard to reading dogma so doggedly. These are tales which revel in the individual tics and quirks which make us human, Mormon or not.
- A.J. Kirby, The Short Review
Zombies for Jesus is "eerie, erotic, and magical."
- Publishers Weekly

 

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About the Author
Johnny Townsend Johnny Townsend earned an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University. He has published in Newsday, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Humanist, The Progressive, Glimmer Train, The Massachusetts Review, Sunstone, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and in the anthology In Our Lovely Deseret: Mormon Fictions.

 

 

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