Publishes First Novel About Mad Cow Disease
DURANGO, Colo. - Jan. 6, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/
-- Independent journalist Kirk Sigurdson uncovers the
dangers and effects of the human variant of mad cow
disease in his novel of tragic love, "Cowslip" (Terminus
Books, LLC, www.terminusbooks.com). Based on extensive
research, he explores what it's like to live with this
disease through the eyes of a young rock star.
As Julia Fleischer puts the finishing touches on what
could become the best selling album of the year, she's
struck with "mad cow." She begins to see angels and
demons. Doctors tell her these visions of "shadow
creatures" stem from the disease, but she isn't sure.
Could a damaged brain allow her to communicate with
supernatural beings that most people may encounter only
"Ultimately, it's a love story," says reviewer Paige
Terneur, "but with a backdrop of hard-driving,
cranked-up-to-11 music; afloat in gin and champagne . .
. and always, always the shadow creatures just under the
In the end, it takes the love of a best friend and
the forgiveness of a father to ease her journey beyond.
"What makes Julia's version of reality so compelling is
the way the story is told," Terneur says. "It's
conversational, natural, and highly personal."
"This novel is primarily about love," says the
author, Sigurdson. "The way friendship can develop into
romantic love, especially when it seems impossible, when
the world is at odds with two people who desperately
need each other."
Noted scholar S.T. Joshi, editor of several
nonfiction books on literature, believes that this novel
puts Sigurdson on the map in the world of cutting-edge
fiction: "He makes a difference in American prose
fiction of the twenty-first century. Weaving prose with
unerring suppleness and force, Sigurdson sends readers
on an emotional roller coaster that s hard to forget."
Kirk Sigurdson resides in Portland, Oregon, where he
teaches writing. Cowslip is available at all bookstores
The book is distributed by Biblio Distribution, a
division of National Book Network (www.bibliodistribution.com,