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The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show: A Novel (Plus) [Paperback]

By Ariel Gore (Author)
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Item Specifications...

Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060854286  
EAN  9780060854287  

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Item Description...
Frances Catherine, a young stigmatic who is a performer in a Catholic-themed migratory freak show, is the center of a religious controversy as she struggles to reconcile her strict Catholic upbringing with her questioning faith.

Publishers 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.

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More About Ariel Gore

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Born on the Monterey Peninsula and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ariel Gore spent the years she was supposed to be in high school as an international bag lady traveling through Asia and Europe and returned to California at age 19, baby in tow. Following her misspent youth, she graduated from Mills College and earned a master's degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley.
In 1993, she founded "Hip Mama", an award-winning parenting zine covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Widely credited with launching maternal feminism, the New Yorker said, "It's the quality of the writing that sets Hip Mama apart."

Ariel's parenting books have been called "delightful" (Glamour), "Terrific and important" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "revolutionary" (The Seattle Times). Her memoir was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her novel was featured on MTV and was praised by the Los Angeles Times as "Beguiling" and highly recommended by Library Journal.

Ariel's essays, articles, and short stories have appeared in dozens of newspapers, magazines, and periodicals including the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, Salon, Parenting, and Utne, as well as in anthologies including Wild Child (Seal Press, 1999), the American Book Award-winning Mothers Who Think (Washington Square Press, 2000), Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation (Seal Press, 2001), Because I Said So (HarperCollins, 2005), Lost On Purpose (Seal press, 2005), and Portland Noir (Akashic Books, 2009).

Ariel Gore was born in 1970.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Thanks, Ariel  Dec 7, 2006
Another fabulous piece of writing from Ms. Gore. The way in which she weaves words always leaves me wishing it would never end.

I especially loved the passages about the saints - something I have always been interested in.

Read it on a cold, rainy night... you'll want to turn off the phone, lock the bedroom door and put the dishes and laundry off indefinitely.
Satire  Jul 27, 2006
This novel by Ariel Gore is an interesting satire of Catholic religion and of American society. The author is able to sprinkle metaphors, religious or otherwise, with the greatest of ease. She writes with clarity, even when she changes tenses, which is appropriate for how the narrative flows. As another reviewer noted, she might go far; she is indeed a fresh voice in the genre of American literature. Although the novel is short, it is philisophical and insightful without being pompous. I look forward to new work by her in the future. One drawback, however, is her characterization. Frankly, the only interesting character, in my opinion, is the protagonist, who is the only character that has a purpose in life. Maybe the other characters haven't yet seen the light, and that is the point. Perhaps this is also because of the novel's length, but maybe it's because the other characters have little to recommend themselves besides acting like the vagabond malcontents that they are.
American Romantic Realism  Jul 5, 2006
Her character's were strong and emblematic of the brokenness people experience in American society. You could say that each character experiences their own death and resurrections, the book focusing on that of young Frankka.

Characters are healed by their own self acceptance and ability to stare themselves in the face and recognize who they see.

Ariel Gore's book The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show was a great mix of fact and fiction, and who knows where one ends and the other begins in life anyway!
A wonderful surprise from an author with great promise  Jun 10, 2006
After reading her memoir, "Atlas of the Human Heart," I decided why not try her first novel.
Her storyline is unique, a traveling religious, spiritual side show, with her protagonist the stigmata star.
Interspersed are sketches of the protagonist's favorite Christian Saints, whose lives and writings influence the life of story's main character.
This author is a fresh, new voice in the literary world, and I believe she will go far.
Although this novel is just 219 pages, it seems just the write length. All loose ends are tied neatly together, and the ending is touching.

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