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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593765304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593765309
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Michaels, best known as the front man for the band Operation Ivy, creates a unique narrative voice."—Kirkus

"Jesse Michaels' debut novel is a unique and side-splitting performance, punctuated by a whip smart narrative and magnetic prose. A dizzying combination of Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman and Kurt Vonnegut, if he were a hostile agoraphobic, Whispering Bodies is an unreasonably funny work. It's Mitch Hedberg, it's Franz Kafka, it's none of the above. A post-everything romp of delicious absurdity." —Alex Green, Caught in the Carousel

"Jesse Michaels' Whispering Bodies is the first book I couldn't put down in a long time. In Roy Belkin. Michaels' has given us one of the most memorable protagonists in recent fiction—shades of a 21st Century Ignatius J. Reilly—but ultimately wholly original as he stumbles his misanthropic yet, at times, oddly hopeful way through the world. A great book." - Rob Roberge, author of The Cost of Living


"How this guy, this guy who comes out of nowhere, this 'Michaels,' could turn something out like this — I'm speechless. Absolutely shitting right now. It's like there is finally a book." —Albert Deasely, Enchantment

"A perverse, inventive, and unremittingly funny debut novel that ingeniously marries John Kennedy Toole to Raymond Chandler." —Patrick deWitt, Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers

About the Author

Jesse Michaels is a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and artist from Berkeley, California. Most notably he fronted the band Operation Ivy.

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Funny and dark, nice job.
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I read it all in one Saturday afternoon, which was an afternoon well-spent.
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I look forward to the next novel in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry Livermore on October 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Those of you who mainly know Jesse Michaels from his days as the impassioned lyricist and vocalist for Operation Ivy might be surprised to learn that he's also blessed with an irreverent, uproarious, and sometimes coruscating sense of humor.

That gift is on full display in this, his first full-fledged foray into the literary world. As has been the case with virtually everything Michaels has done post-Op Ivy, musical or otherwise, the subject matter and style of Whispering Bodies might not be exactly what you were expecting. But that only makes it all the more likely that you'll be drawn into and captivated by the tale he carefully and artfully spins here.

Given his prodigious talent, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Michaels develop into one of the major voices of his generation. Scratch that; thanks to his work with Operation Ivy, he already IS a major voice of his generation. It almost feels unfair that he should prove to be as gifted a writer as he has already shown himself to be as a songsmith, but there it is. Read this book, and read it now, not just for your own enjoyment, but to make sure Michaels gets the message about how eagerly we await his next endeavor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronna B. Montgomery on September 23, 2013
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Simply amazing!!!

Like "Catch 22" a laugh out train wreck that exposes the human tragedy in all its absurd glory!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HollyRose on January 23, 2014
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Book was quick to read, different, and interesting plot. Wasn't one of my favorite books, but I enjoyed reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By La Professora on December 13, 2013
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Funny and dark, nice job. Jesse Michaels first book is a quick read, well worth the experience. Looking forward to more books from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Kiersh on November 14, 2013
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Jesse Michaels proved to me he is a brilliant writer a long time ago with Operation Ivy and Classics of Love. Musically he is a hero to me and many of his lyrics have helped me form my own views on politics and society in general.

So maybe I set the bar far too high when I started reading Whispering Bodies. What I did like about the book was that there was plenty of humor and I especially enjoyed seeing the growth in Roy Belkin as a person by the end of the book. In fact, I am actually very likely to read a sequel to Whispering Bodies because the ending does leave you curious what happens as Roy moves into a new chapter in his life.

My problem with the story is that I was not impressed with the actual mystery. I didn't find the twist all that surprising and I thought everything came together far too easily with almost no investigation (let's be honest LeCroix basically gives him everything). Also I felt that Pernice was really just an afterthought, she served the purpose of getting Roy out of the house and that's pretty much it. She could have been a ghost.

Originally I was going to rate this 2 stars but in the end Roy Belkin does sort of grow on you and Jesse's writing is strong enough that you really do relate to Roy's frustrations and uncomfortabilities. I also found it hard to only rate the book a 2 and still admit that I would read a sequel. So for a first effort its decent enough to read and I hope if this becomes a series Jesse's strength as an author will catch up to his brilliance as a song writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony DuShane on September 28, 2013
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Jesse Michaels is hilarious and has a brilliant way of keeping the reader squirming throughout the narrative arc of Roy Belkin. I look forward to the next novel in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HardCoreZen on September 2, 2013
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As a fan of Jesse's, I was thrilled to see that he had written a novel. Whispering Bodies was hard to follow in the beginning but turned out to be a pretty good read. I'm already looking forward to his next book.
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Roy Belkin, 47 years old, has an efficiency apartment in San Francisco. He is agoraphobic, misanthropic OCD. But one thing he's not, is dumb. So when the building's handyman is burnt to a crisp in his own apartment, Roy can't help but notice things. Turns out it wasn't an accidental fire, and the handyman was murdered. When the police arrest the ethereal Pernice Balfour ("wispy and glowing"), Roy goes so far outside himself as to promise her he'll help.

And that he does. What follows is a Belkin-led journey around San Francisco, which, if you go only by "Whispering Bodies", is populated by dunderheads and deviants, none of whom wash themselves or their clothes frequently.

The writing has occasional bouts of excellence: "Part of him was trying to stop, but it was like trying to hold together a vase that was breaking." Sometimes, perhaps, the writing goes only for shock value, which is not my cup of tea.

The actual mystery plotting part of the story is pretty good. But the mystery takes a second seat to the exploration of Roy Belkin's mind.

My main adjective for "Whispering Bodies" is "interesting". It is interesting and it is experimental. Unfortunately, I could not connect with Roy Belkin. Since he would be horrified if I did, I guess it is not a loss.
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