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Flying over Babel by Johnny Townsend

Flying over Babel

by Johnny Townsend

278 pages
Life for unconventional Mormons can sometimes be difficult and complicated.

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How do you ask a girl on a date when everyone in town knows your father was convicted for the serial murders of a dozen prostitutes? What's the best way to get your boyfriend to propose--fake a pregnancy or threaten to go on a mission for the Church? Will the torture of electroshock therapy turn a gay BYU student straight? How do two victims of child abuse move forward to create their own family? Can a man learn to trust again after being abandoned by everyone he's ever loved? What happens when the beauty and peace of the Millennium just aren't enough to make you happy? In Johnny Townsend's compelling new collection of Mormon stories, there is an acknowledgment of the real evil that exists around us, and an awareness of the difficult compromises we sometimes make in order to live in an imperfect world.

 

Reviews
Flying over Babel is "an insightful, witty portrait of the human experience."
- Carol Davala, The US Review of Books

 

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About the Author
Johnny Townsend has published stories and essays in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Humanist, The Progressive, Christopher Street, The Massachusetts Review, Glimmer Train, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, in the anthologies Queer Fish and In Our Lovely Deseret: Mormon Fictions, and in many other publications.

 

 

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