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''Tommy Zurhellen's Nazareth transports us to a North Dakota unlike any we've encountered on I-94: abandoned infants, escaped elephants, and a cast of characters whose misadventures reach proportions downright Biblical.  Don't miss this writer's ambitious debut.''--Wendy Rawlings, author of The Agnostics and Come Back Irish

''In Nazareth, North Dakota, Tommy Zurhellen performs miraculous midwifery, birthing a magical transubstantiation of stories into novel, a mash-up of modernized mythologies with sheer mythic modernity. This hermeneutic hybrid presents as grand opera spread out on the plain plains, the baddest of Badlands, where the ordinary is made strange, the strange as ordinary as ordinary can be.  Simply epiphanic!''--Michael Martone, author of Double-wide and The Blue Guide to Indiana 

''A large-hearted book ... written with empathy, force, and verve.''--Ron Carlson, author of Five Skies and The Signal 

''Richly imagined and so very poignant this novel Nazareth, North Dakota ...is something special.'' ----Robert Olmstead, author of Coal Black Horse and Far Bright Star

About the Author

Tommy Zurhellen was born in New York City. NAZARETH, NORTH DAKOTA (Atticus Books, 2011) is his first novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Atticus Books (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984510567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984510566
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex on May 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Tommy Zurhellen writes with a consistent touch of humor to "Nazereth, North Dakota" and it doesn't go unappreciated. The pacing is phenomenal and, after a while, you'll find yourself turning the corner around the first 100 pages without even noticing. There's a lively cast of characters that you'll get to know, love, and even hate before too long. Once the finale starts poking around, you're going to plow through the last 60 pages like nothing. A must read!

It tells the story of the Messiah skillfully, and unobtrusively, but for any fans of The Bible, it's an even richer experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather F Gaitonde on June 12, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Wonderful novel. I enjoyed reading this book very much. Tommy Zurhellens use of imagery and allusions to biblical characters is fantastic!
Once I started I couldn't put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Candi Sary on October 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I heard about "Nazareth, North Dakota" from someone I follow on Twitter. I read an excerpt and really liked it, so I ordered the book. When I got it, I couldn't put it down. I read it in a day. The retelling of the Messiah story in an unlikely setting with a cast of wonderfully flawed characters makes this novel such a unique read. But it's the writing that makes the book so enjoyable. Tommy Zurhellen is just a great storyteller. His characters are authentic and interesting. His language is powerful and gritty. He paces the story well and I like how he lets the reader fill in a few of the blanks along the way. A quote from the book best explains this- "...sooner or later folks tend to fill in the blank spots of a story anyway. Sometimes a story's defined by what's left out. Any tale depends on the empty spaces in between." The end of the book mentions a sequel coming out in the summer of 2012. I can't wait to read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Je t'aime on May 26, 2012
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I loved this book. I found this book on one of Flavorwire's "best books you're not reading" (or something like that) links. It's just so interesting and well written. The book is a series of connected vignettes that retells the Gospel stories; Jesus is now Sam, and he lives in North Dakota.

I don't want to say too much, but if you're looking for something that a.) no one else is reading (it's not overhyped!), and b.) is a stimulating and wonderful read, this book is for you. I had a fantastic time with the characters in Zurhellen's book, and I am looking forward to the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marina Rubin on December 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
Beautifully written book with an almost Steinbeckian flair for language, incredibly imagery, wonderful thought-provoking narrative, not to be missed. Mr Zurhellen is a writer of magnetic power of words and imagination!
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Nazereth, North Dakota gives a new spin to the biblical New Testimate by setting the Biblical characters in modern North Dakota. The book maintains rich elements of symbolism with deep, compelling characterization. The plot line is well-developed and hard to put down. I felt able to connect with the characters in this original spin on the Bible. The difficulties which the characters face are relevant to modern times and accessible to the modern reader. The author's cynical wit shows well through out the writing and provides comic relief to otherwise tense scenes. The piece is well-written, captivating and sure to invite the reader to keep on reading. The book investigates the story through many different character's perspectives which keeps the narration new and interesting at every turn. I found the novel to be very enjoyable and it's sequel certainly has much potential. I highly recommend it for a detailed an interesting story with well-developed cultural and personal insights.
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