Search Results: "Johnny Townsend"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOLEM OF RABBI LOEW by Johnny Townsend
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"A strong collection, but its internal conflicts—between sensitive depiction of Jewish intellectual life and raunchy tales of porn—ultimately work at cross-purposes."
A collection of short stories set along the connections of gay life, Jewish life and Mormon life. Read full book review >

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DRAGONS OF THE BOOK OF MORMON by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Another of Townsend's critical but affectionate and absorbing tours of Mormon discontent."
In these sympathetic but subversive stories, Mormons have their faith tested in ways both subtle and severe. Read full book review >

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THE ABOMINABLE GAYMAN by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2010

"An extremely important contribution to the field of Mormon fiction, whose current growth just might make all that explication unnecessary in the future."
In this novelistic collection of short stories, a gay Mormon missionary struggles to make sense of sexuality and spirituality in 1970s Italy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 2012

"A perfect read for the election season, though its appeal will endure."
An irreverent, honest look at life outside the mainstream Mormon Church. Read full book review >

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The Mormon Victorian Society by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2013

"Funny, shrewd and finely wrought dissections of the awkward contradictions—and surprising harmonies—between conscience and desire."
Gay Mormons struggle to reconcile their hearts with their faith in these slyly revealing stories. Read full book review >

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MORMON FAIRY TALES by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Mormon literature with a universal appeal."
Townsend writes gorgeous, intimate tales from the edges of one of the fastest-growing religions in the world. Read full book review >

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GAYRABIAN NIGHTS by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"There's little new material in this repackaging of previously published stories, but this is a good introduction to Townsend's cleareyed, funny, empathetic dissection of Mormonism and its discontents."
Gay Mormons struggle for acceptance from a hostile church—and themselves—in these wryly subversive stories. Read full book review >

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LYING FOR THE LORD by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Another of Townsend's shrewd, evocative, wryly humorous, occasionally didactic scenes of Mormonism and its discontents."
Countless fibs, evasions, and hypocrisies buttress the verities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in these slyly subversive stories. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Another of Townsend's rich dissections of Mormon failures and uncertainties, this time among the shock-troops of faith."
Uncertain young adults fess up, hook up, and give up in these wryly subversive stories about Mormons doing missionary work. Read full book review >

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THE CIRCUMCISION OF GOD by Johnny Townsend
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 20, 2009

"Well-laid but sometimes uneven steps toward understanding conflicted believers."
Circumventing the paragons espoused by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Townsend (Marginal Mormons, 2012, etc.) returns with a collection of short stories that consider the imperfect, silenced majority of Mormons, who may in fact be its best hope. Read full book review >

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SEX AMONG THE SAINTS by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2010

"Lurid but humane tales of faith and its carnal discontents."
Mormon spirits are willing but the flesh is weak, wayward and kinky in these edgy stories. Read full book review >