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The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God

(2010)
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The Book of Harold is as profound and deeply respectful a novel as it is irreverent in its wild, often hilarious take on a modern messianic movement. The titular hero of this masterful satire is Harold Peeks, a quirky middle-aged suburbanite living a lonely if typical modern life in the outskirts of Houston, Texas. His world feels bland and pointless until one evening at a mundane office party he announces to his stunned co-workers that he is the Second Coming of Christ. Oddly enough, people start to believe him.

Blake Waterson, Harold's closest friend and narrator of the novel, is as skeptical as anyone of this disheveled and disconcertingly bawdy Savior and yet this would-be Judas is compelled to follow Harold on his two hundred mile walking journey to Austin with a mismatched group of equally puzzled disciples. On the road this motley crew of witnesses to the holy get to experience misguided converts, violent possums, and the ungrateful recipients of off-kilter healings. They also discover the inherent paradoxes, humor, and dangers within spirituality.

    

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Hardback Editions

May 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God
Author(s): Owen Egerton
ISBN: 0-9844488-0-2 / 978-0-9844488-0-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalton Publishing
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Paperback Editions

May 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Book of Harold: The Illegitimate Son of God
Author(s): Owen Egerton
ISBN: 1-59376-438-3 / 978-1-59376-438-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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Kindle Editions

April 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Harold: The Illegitimate Son of God
Author(s): Owen Egerton
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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