- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (August 22, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399178481
- ISBN-13: 978-0399178481
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 154 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reincarnation Blues: A Novel Hardcover – August 22, 2017
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About the Author
Michael Poore’s short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Southern Review, Agni, Fiction, and Asimov’s. His story “The Street of the House of the Sun” was selected for The Year’s Best Nonrequired Reading 2012. His first novel, Up Jumps the Devil, was hailed by The New York Review of Books as “an elegiac masterpiece.” Poore lives in Highland, Indiana, with his wife, poet and activist Janine Harrison, and their daughter, Jianna.
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Milo is known as being a wise man down in the Florida Keys, that is until he is eaten by a shark in the opening of this novel as another one of his lives is lost. However, that’s not such a big deal when one is given 10,000 lives; the catch is that an individual must reach “Perfection” before this cycle of reincarnation can end. After he is consumed by the shark, Milo is met on the other side once again by Death, his one true love who happens to be a simple girl named Suzie who dreams of opening a candle shop. This is a truly remarkable love story of a man’s journey as he is born time after time, failing to miss something in each previous life which prevents him from reaching his enlightened self to forever be with Suzie. The reader is taken on this ever-changing journey with Milo with each life he is given, spanning from being a bug in Ancient China to a juggler deep in the desert, a family man in Michigan to musketeer in rustic Vienna. Right when you think a tear is about to puddle in the corner of your eye, the author has a way to change that tear drop to a faint giggle by his masterful manipulation of words.
While the story and the concepts are engaging, for me it is the soaring, tinkling, dipping and diving quality of Poole’s writing that truly won me. He’s now in the mini pantheon of authors I keep close to my heart, along with Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Neil Gaiman and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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