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Fall/Winter 2012 (November 16, 2012)

Apostle Islands


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November 16, 2012

Apostle IslandsBy Tommy Zurhellen’90

Atticus Books LLC

Darnestown, Md., 2012        

Sam Davidson is an unemployed carpenter from North Dakota who speaks his mind, curses colorfully, and has a penchant for Def Leppard. He also happens to be the modern-day Messiah.

Set on the frigid shores of northern Wisconsin, Apostle Islands is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Nazareth, North Dakota, the first novel Tommy Zurhellen’90 published. In this imaginative retelling of the New Testament, Zurhellen gives familiar Bible stories a modern, Midwestern twist. Zurhellen’s love of storytelling and eye for detail manifests in the many idiosyncratic characters that Sam encounters as the story unfolds on the blustery coast of Lake Superior. The story meets Sam after 40 days and nights in the North Dakotan Badlands and follows the unlikely hero in a tale of hope, humor, and humanity.

Zurhellen currently lives in upstate New York. He wrote and researched Apostle Islands while on sabbatical, camping on Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands.

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