Besides being fiction, The Jesus Cow is a departure from Mr. Perry. I was surprised that his protagonist was not a clean-living guy (Well he mostly is). I read one review in which the person was disappointed. However, it shows that Mr. Perry can write fiction. That he did not just fictionalize himself, but created characters that lived their own life instead of following Mr. Perry’s (very funny) talks. For example, Mr. Perry talks with great affection for his small town neighbors. Harley, his main character has some bad thoughts about them.
This is not to say, that the story does not have Perry’s facets of writing that his readers love from him. He focuses on small town life and describes so accurately and beautifully what it is like to farm and live in rural Wisconsin.
Jesus Cow felt like literary fiction (which I like) and it kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. There are surprises and big action in the story as well.