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The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show:

The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show: Cover

The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show:

By Ariel Gore

HarperOne, Paperback, 9780060854287, 234pp.

Publication Date: May 2, 2006

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Description

Orphaned at age four and raised by her black-clad, rosary-mumbling, preoccupied grandmother, Frankka discovered the ability to perform the stigmata as a way to attract her grandmother's attention. Now twenty-eight, Frankka's still using this extraordinary talent, crisscrossing the country with "The Death and Resurrection Show," a Catholic-themed traveling freak show and cast of misfits who have quickly become her new family. But when a reporter from the Los Angeles Times shows up to review the show, Frankka finds herself on the front page of the newspaper -- the unwitting center of a religious debate. Now unsure of who she is and where she belongs, Frankka disappears in search of herself and a place to call home.



Praise For The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show:

“A bold and imaginative story.”
-Michelle Tea, author of Rose of No Man's Land and Valencia

“This novel is a miracle—deliciously subversive and deeply spiritual, all at once.”
-Gayle Brandeis, author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, and The Book of Dead Birds: A Novel

“Finally! A new batch of icons, provided by Ariel Gore in this fun, readable, adventure story.”
-Jennifer Blowdryer, author of White Trash Debutante and Good Advice for Young Trendy People of All Ages

“With a dash of Catholic mysticism mixed with the underground freak show scene, Gore creates a fascinating and inventive odyssey.”
-Beth Lisick, author of Everybody into the Pool

“Inventive, loopy, and warm, Gore’s debut novel is shot through with one-liner gems...”
-Joy Castro, author of The Truth Book

“[A] savvy rebuke of religious bigotry and a fun, fast, memorable read. Highly recommended.”
-Library Journal

“[An] earnest but fresh journey through the travails of a performing stigmatic.”
-Publishers Weekly

“An affecting tale about the search for home, connection and authenticity.”
-Christopher Castellani, author of The Saint of Lost Things

“Piercing and insightful, Gore’s first novel limns one woman’s complicated relationship with her religion and her personal faith.”
-Booklist

“Incredibly satisfying!”
-Stacie Williams, Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, Milwaukee, WI

“A beautiful tale of spiritual self-discovery. … that is respectful of religion even as it pokes fun at it.”
-Seattle Magazine

“As stories about Catholicism-heckling mystical punk circuses go, this is the best.”
-San Francisco Weekly

“A compelling premise. …beautiful passages....”
-The Oregonian (Portland)

“Great buzz with its blend of outlandish characters, outsized happenings and surprising takes on Catholic faith.”
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“A modern passion play that compares favorably to the rotating scenes of Santa Cruz street life.”
-The Santa Cruz Sentinel

“Ariel Gore’s debut novel is a hilarious tale of levitating drag queens, spontaneous stigmata, and bearded ladies.”
-Bust Magazine

“Gore is a spirited and imaginative storyteller; her words sparkle with life and carry the reader along ….”
-Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“A beguiling first novel...”
-Los Angeles Times

“A story of religious reawakening that’s at times irreverent, yet accepting of tradition and faith.”
-Relevant Magazine

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