Honestly, I did not know what to expect from a book written by David Duchovny
, titled “Holy Cow”
and with the drawing of a pretty wacky cow on the cover. Well, I must confess that reading this debut novel turned out to be an incredible and exciting surprise page after page.
The main character – and narrative voice of the story – is Elsie
, a cow living in a farm north of New York. Life is happy for Elsie at the farm, until one day she finds out the ugly truth about what fate awaits her: slaughter. Thus, she runs away. Away where? Why, to India of course, where cows are sacred animals and therefore untouchable. Elsie is joined in her adventure by Shalom
, a Jewish pig who wants to go to Israel, and Tom
, a turkey headed to Turkey. Using a map, a smartphone, skillfully operated by Tom with his beak, and a few disguises, the unlikely trio begins their journey, they get to JFK airport and board a plane headed to the other side of the world in search of a place where they can be safe.
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