New Fiction Novel Takes on Animal Abuse Issues
A new fiction book highlights issues of animal abuse from the very eyes of animals themselves.
Just like David Duchovny’s ‘Holy Cow,’ ‘Persimmon Takes On Humanity’ is a fable for adults focusing on the problems of animal cruelty that are widespread today.
In it, the main character, the eponymous Persimmon, a brave raccoon, teams up with her forest friends to save fellow animals in need. The group (like many human activists) start up with gusto but soon discover there’s a whole lot more problems to fix and lives to save than they imagined. The book in turn quickly gets ‘Hunger Games’ intense and their journey a lot more dangerous and deadly.
“This is a classic David and Goliath story,” said book’s author, Christopher Locke. “Animals unlucky enough to be born into a world overrun by humans are subjected to unspeakable torment. But with the help of Persimmon and her team, the animals will try to overcome the powerful systems of abuse in which they have been trapped. As the characters evolve, readers may be surprised to find that they are evolving, too—this epic tale entertains, but it also inspires empathy and kindness.”
Locke worked in television for 10 years and was always an animal lover and advocate, eating a plant-based diet, living a cruelty-free life and volunteering at organizations that needed help. Then he decided to quit the security of his daytime job to dedicate himself fully to writing his book and spread the word on the plight of animals to the world.
“Leaving my career in the television industry to write ‘Persimmon Takes On Humanity’ was the single most thrilling and nerve-racking decision of my career,” he explains of when he came up with the idea for the novel. “I finally felt I had something worth taking a big risk over. I hope [the book] will inspire many people to make more compassionate choices toward animals.”
So far, the plan has worked well. The book has gotten rave reviews from Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary, who called it “a riveting read” and Nathan Runkle, President and Founder of Mercy For Animals, who said the book is “powerful, captivating and inspiring.”