Moses Unchained

Marilyn F. Moriarty


Moses Unchained is less a book about the tragic things that happen to Zack Rosen than it is a book about the courageous way Rosen deals with tragedy. . . . While not avoiding the meanness and ugliness of his experience, Moriarty allows us also to see its courage and beauty. Moses Unchained is an impressive accomplishment.”
Hollins Critic

“Moriarty has given us a book of great courage and faith by negotiating a voice for Zack Rosen.”
Roanoke Times

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Moses Unchained is the moving true story of a modern outlaw’s struggle with faith, betrayal, and the accidental nature of life. Zack Rosen was a simple man, but one with many contrasts. An urban Jew from New Jersey who moved south and converted to fundamentalist Christianity, he was not a philosopher or theologian but a man’s man, a tattooed truck driver who built a classic Harley-Davidson from spare parts. Zack met and married Shelley, another converted Jew, but their happiness was brief. Secrets from Shelley’s past came back to haunt them, and her sudden death from pneumonia revealed that she had AIDS and she had given the virus to Zack.

Suddenly faced with the loss of his family, his job, his income, and eventually, his own life, Zack became an itinerant evangelist. He introduced himself to author Marilyn F. Moriarty in 1993 with the words, “I got an honorable testimony.” She listened to this story and became his friend and caregiver. At his request, she has told his story here.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction

Page count: 170 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5


List price: $19.95

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Marilyn F. Moriarty is a professor of English at Hollins University. She is coeditor of Critical Architecture and Contemporary Culture and author of Writing Science through Critical Thinking. Her fiction and creative nonfiction has been published in Faultline, Mondo Greco, Nimrod, Peregrine, Phoebe, Quarterly West, Thema, and the Kenyon Review.