Traveling Death and Resurrection Show  -     By: Ariel Gore
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Traveling Death and Resurrection Show

HarperCollins / 2006 / Paperback

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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. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 5.30 X 8.00 X 0.60 (inches)
ISBN: 0060854286
ISBN-13: 9780060854287
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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.

Editorial Reviews

“A bold and imaginative story.”
“This novel is a miracle—deliciously subversive and deeply spiritual, all at once.”
“A beautiful tale of spiritual self-discovery. … that is respectful of religion even as it pokes fun at it.”
“As stories about Catholicism-heckling mystical punk circuses go, this is the best.”
“A compelling premise. …beautiful passages....”
“Great buzz with its blend of outlandish characters, outsized happenings and surprising takes on Catholic faith.”
“A modern passion play that compares favorably to the rotating scenes of Santa Cruz street life.”
“Ariel Gore’s debut novel is a hilarious tale of levitating drag queens, spontaneous stigmata, and bearded ladies.”
“Gore is a spirited and imaginative storyteller; her words sparkle with life and carry the reader along ….”
“A beguiling first novel...”
“A story of religious reawakening that’s at times irreverent, yet accepting of tradition and faith.”
“Finally! A new batch of icons, provided by Ariel Gore in this fun, readable, adventure story.”
“With a dash of Catholic mysticism mixed with the underground freak show scene, Gore creates a fascinating and inventive odyssey.”
“Inventive, loopy, and warm, Gore’s debut novel is shot through with one-liner gems...”
“[A] savvy rebuke of religious bigotry and a fun, fast, memorable read. Highly recommended.”
“[An] earnest but fresh journey through the travails of a performing stigmatic.”
“An affecting tale about the search for home, connection and authenticity.”
“Piercing and insightful, Gore’s first novel limns one woman’s complicated relationship with her religion and her personal faith.”
“Incredibly satisfying!”

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