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Losing Graceland: A Novel Paperback – January 4, 2011
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Micah is a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair, and his essays and short stories have appeared in the Paris Review, The Best American Mystery Stories, Boston Globe Magazine, Glimmer Train, Free Inquiry, Gettysburg Review, and others.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm almost always the type of reader that falls for plot, humor, or characters that I find interesting. This one has a lot of the latter but also the 2 former as well. I didn't expect to like it. I'm not a big time Elvis fan. But I loved it because I am a big "well written, interesting characters" admirer.
"Losing Graceland" is an odd, surprising, captivating, and happily unique book, and one that lovers of fiction will surely appreciate.
Life makes us judgemental and life isn't always black and white. Grief is the most difficult personal journey you will ever have to take. You will learn much about your loved ones that you never dreamed possible once they have 'passed on'; and you will even learn a few things about yourself. Our loved ones put themselves out there for us and they make their mistakes just to help us to learn how not to make our own!
Take the time to 'read between the lines' to what Mr. Nathan is saying and you will get it!!!
Hat's off to Mr. Nathan
Also with Ben, great he makes it to Amsterdam but with what money, are you telling me he actually sold that buckle!? That's wrong and disloyal I feel that he is made out to sound like a true blue loser. I mean spending his days in a hash cafe. That shows he learned nothing from his time spent with Elvis. And it ends with him on the phone with that girl. So does he see her, she come to Amsterdam...??? WHAT?!
I know it sounds like I hated it and have a lot of complaints, granted I do, but I didn't hate it. I liked it. I just wish I got more closure on the characters.
The story follows recent college grad Ben Fish, a young man struggling with the recent tragic death of his ever-present father and the end of his relationship with his vapid young sweetheart, Jessica. Ben, desperate for purpose, adventure and cold hard cash, answers an want-ad posted by the old man, the novel's other main point of view. The two set off from Cheektowaga, New York to Memphis, Tennessee, ostensibly to rescue the old man's granddaughter who has gone missing.
What follows is a road-trip of cinematic character, and Nathan's efficiency with language keeps the story moving as fast (but not nearly as recklessly) as his characters. Along the way, the reader develops (along with Ben), a kind of "Elvis-o-meter," that is, we begin to believe, only to have that belief waver before it picks up again, that the old man is a still-living Elvis Presley. This belief is bolstered by the old man's charismatic interactions with the myriad players the unlikely duo encounter on their journey (biker gangs, pimps, and backwoods oracles, anyone?), as well as his superb karaoke skills. Ben immerses himself in the journey, despite his wavering belief, and the journey becomes more important to his personal (and sexual!) salvation than any destination could be.
"Graceland's" finishing sequences happen fast and are packed with meaning, and any reader with half a heart will naturally be clamoring for more time spent with Ben and the old man.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All sorts of crazy things happen. I'd have to say this is one of the strangest books I've ever read. but it was well written and kept my attention.Published 23 months ago by Ami Carvotta
The high concept pitch for this book would be: "Blues Brothers" meets "Bubba Ho-Tep." A decrepit old man who at least thinks he's Elvis Presley goes on a mission from God in... Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by PT Dilloway
I read this after reading the reviews but I hated it! I am an Elvis fan (some say fanatic) So I just couldn't picture Elvis like this. Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by Chloedancer19
Micah Nathan's strength, in this novel at least, is in his hilarious, clawing dialogue and a youthful angst that obviously still resonates in his heart. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by I. Kay
I can't say enough good about "Losing Graceland." I wish I had started reading it earlier in the day when I wasn't tired so I could have finished it in one night, it's that... Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by J. Minatel
Micah Nathan's Losing Graceland is a fast-paced, entertaining, and thought-provoking read.
Recent college graduate Ben Fish takes job driving an old man from a suburb of... Read more
A fun ride following two characters whom you may not always love, but isn't that is part of the search for grace? Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Chakettea