This first novel by actor David Duchovny is, as would be expected, outside of the box. It is a fable, narrated by Elsie Q., a milk cow on a small farm in upstate New York.
As the tale begins, Elsie discovers the brutal truth about what happens to cows on farms, possibly her farm too, and worse, what likely happened to her mother, who had simply disappeared one day. She also learns that in India, her kind is worshiped, and live out their lives in comfort and safety. So obviously, she must go to India. What could be better than being worshiped as a holy being? Accompanying her on this excursion is Jerry (Shalom) the pig, who believes going to Israel will save his life, and Tom the turkey who has determined the country named after him would obviously not be serving turkey as food. This bizarre trio manage to secure passports and tickets and board a plane to the Middle East.
Okay, so suspension of disbelief is obviously indispensable here, but that's really not the point. This book is hysterically funny, and also satirically wise. On the surface "Holy Cow" presents a sort of "follow your dream" message; but not far beneath it is a condemnation of human animals for their cruelty and abuse of two-as well as four-footed creatures, and a plea for resolution to the conflicts exploding in the Middle East: