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Book Title: The Ecstasy of Michaela|
Date of issue: July 8th 2012
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The author of the book: John Pistelli
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 23.36 MB
Edition: Valhalla Press
Read full description of the books The Ecstasy of Michaela:Michaela is no saint. Living alone in a decaying rust-belt city at the end of the twentieth century, her life completely adrift, she grudgingly attends her estranged mother’s funeral. There she learns about the grisly murder of a local boy named Tony Zabelsky. She becomes obsessed with his story and begins haunting the places he frequented until she meets his former lover, Eliza May Bradford. Eliza has repudiated her wealthy family and now lives in a squatter’s commune with her and Tony’s child. Michaela embarks on an almost hallucinatory journey through the ruined city and through the memories of Eliza and others who knew Tony Zabelsky. Along the way, she learns who holds power in her city and how they treat those who do not. Such unforgettable knowledge compels her to action. A dark literary fiction in the tradition of J. M. Coetzee and Don DeLillo, The Ecstasy of Michaela is at once a philosophical dialogue on the meaning of evil, an image-rich portrait of a country in decay, a political protest against the ravages that avarice and cruelty have unleashed on America’s cities, and a poetic character study of a woman who must find the resources to resist, in any way she can, the world’s crushing forces.
Read information about the authorJohn Pistelli was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he teaches literature, writing, and other liberal arts subjects. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Minnesota. His short fiction, poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in Rain Taxi, New Walk, Ragnarok, The Millions, Revolver, Winter Tangerine Review, The Squawk Back, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Atomic, The Amaranth Review, Muse, Five 2 One, and elsewhere. His short story “How People Live” won Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train May 2012 Short Story Award for New Writers. He is the author of the novella The Ecstasy of Michaela and the novel Portraits and Ashes . Find out more here.
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