A rollicking, globe-trotting adventure with a twist: a four-legged heroine you won't soon forget
Elsie Bovary is a cow, and a pretty happy one at that—her long, lazy days are spent eating, napping, and chatting with her best friend, Mallory. One night, Elsie and Mallory sneak out of their pasture; but while Mallory is interested in flirting with the neighboring bulls, Elsie finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer's family gathered around a bright Box God—and what the Box God reveals about something called an "industrial meat farm" shakes Elsie's understanding of her world to its core.
There's only one solution: escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Jerry—excuse me, Shalom—a cranky, Torah-reading pig who's recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave (in his own mind, at least) turkey who can't fly, but who can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport.
Elsie is our wise-cracking, pop-culture-reference-dropping, slyly witty narrator; Tom—who does eventually learn to fly (sort of)—dispenses psychiatric advice in a fake German accent; and Shalom, rejected by his adopted people in Jerusalem, ends up unexpectedly uniting Israelis and Palestinians. David Duchovny's charismatic creatures point the way toward a mutual understanding and acceptance that the world desperately needs.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Actor David Duchovny’s weird and hysterically funny novella follows a cow from upstate New York who confronts hard truths about life as a farm animal—and her complicated relationship with humans. We zipped through Holy Cow, savoring every moment of knowing humor and pop-culture cleverness. Ditzy teenage mannerisms aside, Elsie Bovary is an unusually perceptive, witty, and straight-talking narrator who’s nabbed a spot on our list of favourite modern heroines.
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Disney and Pixar should definitely consider making this into a movie. Well written. Good actor and even better writer.
Fun, fast read!
Couldn't stay away from Elsie's tale for long! Rollicking good time.
I give you a standing ovation! All sheeple should pull away from their 'God box' and read this!!