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Kelly Barth lives on very little money in a very small house with her partner Lisa Grossman in Lawrence, Kansas. She was a fiction fellow in the University of Montana’s creative writing program and has received fellowships from the Missouri Arts Council and the Kansas Arts Commission. Her work has been published in anthologies and literary journals, most recently Coal City Review, Literary Bird Journal, and Muse & StoneMy Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus is her first memoir.

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After its release from Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, on September 1, 2012, buy Kelly’s memoir, My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus at The Raven BookstoreRed Hen Press, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

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My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus is the December selection for Lambda Literary’s My Story Book Club on Goodreads.

My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus is a joyous, raw, wry story about how Barth found her identity as a Christian-believing member of humanity in partnership with the world. Her truth-telling as a lesbian is a ground truthing as a human being in search of faith through the transcendent landscapes of love and spirit. This memoir is more than timely, it is a radical and conservative reckoning of prejudice
transformed into peace.”

Terry Tempest Williams, author of When Women Were Birds, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, Leap, and Refuge.

“My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus is a beautiful memoir of a young Christian woman’s determined but hopeless battle with her sexuality, and Barth’s narration is wise, honest, and frequently hilarious. Her struggle and triumph, so engagingly rendered, should resonate with anyone who has taken the long way to thoughtful self-reliance.”

— Laura Moriarty, author of The Rest of Her Life, Center of Everything and While I’m Falling

“Barth’s heartfelt, funny and wrenching book is testimony to Jesus’ steadfast love. Her faith, tested and tried, looks beyond the failings of religion to claim that love for all.”

—Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread and Jesus Freak

“Funny. Poignant. Heartbreaking. Barth takes us through a world of religious dogma that can be harsh and frightening and emerges into a Christian spirituality we recognize—one of love and tolerance and wisdom. Her nuanced story will be exotic to those of us who have never personally experienced evangelical religion, even as its central humanity remains deeply familiar.”

—Sharman Apt Russell,  Standing in the Light: My Life As A Pantheist

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