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The Tide King by [Michalski, Jen]
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Length: 525 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"It's likely that this book will finally make Michalski known to the wider world-in a big way. Seriously, if I weren't entirely averse to all attempts to predict the future, I would say this book will be huge. But there's no accounting for people's tastes, so I will say instead, with some certainty, that it will be important." - Baynard Woods, The Baltimore City Paper 

"Michalski may claim to have been a bad poet, but her prose clearly holds the rhythm and beauty of poetry, and her novel is a joy to read. - Andrea Youngman, New Madrid Journal

Though admirably multidimensional, Michalski never fails to tell compelling stories capable of challenging and surprising readers. That readership figures to grow substantially if she continues producing work of this caliber." - Baltimore Magazine

"Jen Michalski's long-awaited novel, winner of the Big Moose Prize, promises to be an important book in the American lexicon." Rosalia Scalia,  The Baltimore Sun 

"The Tide King is a complex book that examines both the evils that people can do to one another, as well as the beauty that is possible." Natalie Sypolt,  Fjords Review

"The best of books challenge us to reexamine our beliefs. As I read The Tide King, I found myself reconsidering death, thinking of it not in the simple terms of negation and loss, but as an integral--and even welcome--function of life." - Curtis Smith,  Prime Number Magazine

"And as pieces fit into this sophisticated and brilliant puzzle of a novel, it is the stories that draw us in, as well as the real problems of characters we come to know through the writer's skill." - Merridawn Duckler, Heavy Feather Review

"Read it--if Jen Michalski doesn't get massive attention and deserving praise as a result of this novel, I'll be the woman in Indiana with her mouth permanently hanging open and a scowl on her face." - Melanie Page, Grab the Lapels

"Michalski, much published and well versed in the narrative arts, gives us a chilling ride through the blasted emotional landscape of life's losers." - Richard Derus, The Small Press Book Review

In the midst of creating this large and momentous story, Michalski manages a truly magnificent feat: I believed every word. - Sierra Troy-Regierer, The Center for Fiction

"Jen Michalski's The Tide King is a vividly told and engrossing debut novel, a profound exploration of mortality." - David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

"The book defies categorization. It's not purely realistic but neither is it science fiction. Perhaps all you need to know is that it is a good read and will--if you allow it--provoke thoughtful and intense conversations with yourself and others about the use we make of our lives and how we touch and care for others." - Barbara Morrison, author of Innocent

From the Inside Flap

"Jen Michalski has written a prodigiously entertaining novel, whose magical-realistic conceit keeps pushing this unstoppable story to ever more audacious heights." - Madison Smartt Bell
"The Tide King is a profoundly compassionate novel about what it means to be a mortal being - or maybe worse to be an immortal one. Part folk tale, part World War II buddy story, part exploration of myriad kinds of love, this is an absolute stunner of a book. Jen Michalski is a writer whose talent seems limitless. The only consolation to finishing these pages is the thought of what more will surely follow."  - Robin Black, If I loved you, I would tell you this
"The Tide King, the realm of children's fairy tales--witches, children fending for themselves, and mysterious herbs that bequeath eternal life--collides with the real, adult world of wars, unrequited love, and the daily grind of existence. When a tale like this is in the hands of a gifted storyteller such as Jen Michalski, you know better than to expect a simple, happy-ever-after ending. Instead, expect to read late into the night, as I did, impatient to find out what happens to her memorable characters."  - Susi Wyss, The Civilized World
"The Tide King is a boldly conceived novel about immortality, but it doesn't read as fantasy. There's room here for lovers of realism, too. These characters hurt the way all of us mortals do. Jen Michalski has a great ability to describe magical events in plain, relatable language, and to use her exciting premise as a lens through which to explore both the sweep of history and the personal sadness of time passing."  - Justin Kramon, Finny

"The Tide King sweeps from 19th-century Poland to 20th-century America with intimate details and big ideas. It will be hard to forget this beautifully written epic tale." -Jessica Anya Blau, The Wonder Bread Summer 

Product details

  • File Size: 763 KB
  • Print Length: 525 pages
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books (July 13, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DU45U0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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