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Blue Jesus

Two Southern boys bring a miracle—and chaos—to their small town in “a deceptively fun read packed with colorfully realized characters” (Atlanta Journal Constitution).

This is the compelling story of two boys, one white and one blue, who live in a small town in the North Georgia mountains in 1963. The trouble begins when the boys find the body of a baby abandoned in the town garbage dump. The narrator of the tale, Buddy, runs for help. His best friend, Early, a gentle boy with blue skin descended from the Blue People of Troublesome Creek, takes that dead baby in his hands and conjures the infant back to life.

This miracle ignites a firestorm of controversy—and Early becomes known as Blue Jesus, the blue boy with the power to heal. Colorful and honest, with humor, heartbreak, and ultimate redemption, Blue Jesus, inspired by the true story of the Fugates, a nineteenth-century Kentucky family with a genetic condition that turned their skin blue, is a novel of friendship, family, faith, and the power in a commonality of differences.

Tom Edwards

Tom Edwards  is the author of the popular Della's Diner series of musical plays that originated in Atlanta, Georgia in 1978 and continue to this day.  He has worked as a performer, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. His most popular documentary films are Sobbin' Women: the Making of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Right Here in River City:  The Making of Meredith Willson's Music Man. Mr. Edwards makes his home in Atlanta.

Chicago Review Press