By Tommy Zurhellen
It’s not easy for a messiah to grow up in the Badlands of North Dakota. And it’s even harder for him to share his message when radical ideas and so-called “miracles” are the surest way to get the FBI breathing down your neck. The sequel to Nazareth, North Dakota, Apostle Islands follows Sam Davidson and his group of roughneck followers as they save wedding receptions, cure cancer patients, and boost a flagging fishing season, all while breaking bread and laws and making peace and enemies.
On a mission to change one botched up world, Sam knows he will one day be called to make the ultimate sacrifice, and indeed he sees the writing on the shores of Lake Superior when one of his inner circle betrays him. A playful and delightfully irreverent take on the New Testament, Apostle Islands reveals what it takes to shake up the status quo while paying the price to save the ones you love.
Praise for Apostle Islands
“Like the miracles he depicts in Apostle Islands, Tommy Zurhellen’s new novel is a gift of wonder and audacity. It is also deviously funny. Read it with his first novel, Nazareth, North Dakota, and consider yourself saved.”
— Bruce Murkoff, author of Red Rain and Waterbourne
“Poignant, funny, and beautifully written, Apostle Islands is a big-hearted story and that rarest of books—a profound page turner. I loved it.”
— Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch
“Tommy Zurhellen is the crown prince of zany, the prime minister of zip. The genius of Apostle Islands, the sequel to Nazareth, North Dakota, is his anatomization of the upper Midwest psyche using elements of the New Testament as surgical instruments. Enter this book anywhere, as you would the New Testament, you’ll come away startled, grinning and enriched.”
— Djelloul Marbrook, author of Saraceno and Far From Algiers
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tommy Zurhellen was born in New York City. Apostle Islands (September 2012, Atticus Books) is the sequel to Nazareth, North Dakota, his debut novel, which was published in the Spring of 2011.