Holy Cow is a story about a cow, a pig and a turkey. Elsie Bovary’s (the cow) understanding of the world is “shaken to the core” when she sees the farmer watching a television programme about an ‘industrial meat farm’. So she decides to escape to a better, safer world with Shalom (the pig) and Tom (the turkey).
The blurb on the back of the jacket describes the book as a rollicking, globe-trotting adventure with a twist and a four-legged heroine you won’t forget in a hurry.
It sounds very much like a modern Animal Farm but it was conceived as a cartoon, and “a work of entertainment”, and when this was rejected, the author decided to turn the idea into a novel. The author it turns out is, David Duchovny, who you may recognize as the actor who played FBI Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files..
“A decent work of art raises more questions than it answers. [says the author] If it answers questions, it becomes propaganda.”