être the cow
Sean Kenniff
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"Être the Cow is one of the most important books written in a generation. Être's fight for freedom and dignity is a fight for life itself."
-Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Founder of The Tutu Peace Centre

"Être the Cow is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read."
-Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace, the Jane Goodall Institute

"Best Book of 2010." -City Link Magazine

"This book is a poignant reminder." 
-Jane Velez-Mitchell, Host of Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, HLN

"Not only does this title paint a vivid picture of what it means to exist in a lonely, cruel world, but it also provides a scathing indictment of contemporary society."
-Donna Miller, Voices of Youth Advocates

"Parable. Satire. Existential manifesto. Être is a lot of things."
 -Esther Martinez, Florida International University 

être the cow
By Sean Kenniff

Extraordinary books are born in extraordinary times. In the 1940s Orwell’s Animal Farm served as an indictment of totalitarian governments. Ellison’s 1952 novel, The Invisible Man, not only condemned racism in America, but it helped define the “human race.” And in 1969 Vonnegut showed us the absurdity of war with his novel, Slaughterhouse Five.


We too are living in unprecedented times. Millions of ordinary people are feeling fenced in and powerless. ÊTRE THE COW is the extraordinary book that tells today’s story.


ÊTRE THE COW is a tender and thought-provoking tale about a pasture bull, named Être, who is simple but self-aware. Powerless over his circumstances, Être struggles to accept the everyday indignity and brutal insignificance of his cow life at Gorwell Farm. Stranded in a world where the line between disgrace and dignity is drawn by a pasture fence, Être searches for understanding among the broads, bulls and calves on the pasture, but finds none. The grasses thin as the seasons pass, the cows hunger, and Être grows desperate. He is the only cow truly starving. Être must challenge fate in order to change his destiny.  

In French the word “être” means “to be” or “to exist.” Être’s struggle is a very human one. It is a search for meaning and significance in an uncertain world, and a battle for a better life. You will cheer. You will cry. You will read ÊTRE THE COW over and over again—then share its message.

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