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Behind the Bishop's Door by Johnny Townsend

Behind the Bishop's Door

by Johnny Townsend

350 pages
In these stories, a missionary copes with the startling discovery that his companion has been translated off the face of the Earth. A lonely woman gives birth to a child fathered by one of the Three Nephites. A schizophrenic woman leads a secret life no one in her congregation suspects.

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About the Book
Ex-Mormon writer Johnny Townsend canít leave the Church behind. But it turns out, thatís a good thing. With almost five decades in the Mormon and ex-Mormon communities, Townsend knows its people well. In this collection of short stories, we see a missionary cope with the startling discovery that his companion has been translated off the face of the Earth. In the Celestial Kingdom, an aspiring god learns there is more to the training program than he ever thought possible. A repentant call girl discovers that her congregation wonít allow her to forget her past. A gay ex-Mormon realizes gay marriage isnít all itís cracked up to be. A schizophrenic Single Adult leads a secret life no one in her congregation suspects. A man leaving the Church loses his familyóand everything else heís ever loved. A lonely woman gives birth to a child fathered by one of the Three Nephites. In these stories, we learn the many secrets faithful Mormons reveal only to their most trusted bishops.

 

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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 The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Humanist, The Progressive, Glimmer Train, The Massachusetts Review, and in many other publications. He was an assistant producer on the documentary "Upstairs Inferno," and his books have been named to Kirkus Reviewsí Best of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

 

 

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