Reincarnation Blues (Hardcover)
Milo is on his 9,995th life and only has 5 more chances to achieve perfection. The lives he leads take place both thousands of years before our time and also thousands of years after (and of course, many in the middle). Part historical fiction, part science fiction, part romance - this book is absolutely heartbreaking, undeniably hilarious, and easily found a spot on the list of my top 10 favorite books ever. Think Neil Gaiman meets Tom Robbins meets David Mitchell, and expect to be hooked from beginning to end.
-- Stephanie— From Stephanie S. Staff Picks
A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.
"Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman's Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) First we live. Then we die. And then . . . we get another try? Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to "get it right." Answer all the Big Questions. Achieve Wisdom. And Become One with Everything. Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn't make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her. More than just Milo's lover throughout his countless layovers in the Afterlife, Suzie is literally his reason for living--as he dives into one new existence after another, praying for the day he'll never have to leave her side again. But Reincarnation Blues is more than a great love story: Every journey from cradle to grave offers Milo more pieces of the great cosmic puzzle--if only he can piece them together in time to finally understand what it means to be part of something bigger than infinity. As darkly enchanting as the works of Neil Gaiman and as wisely hilarious as Kurt Vonnegut's, Michael Poore's Reincarnation Blues is the story of everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking. Because it's more than Milo and Suzie's story. It's your story, too. Praise for Reincarnation Blues "The most fun you'll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident."--NPR "This book made me laugh out loud. And then a page later, it made me sob. Reminiscent of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, Poore finds humor in the dark absurdities of life."--Chicago Review of Books "Charming . . . surprisingly light and uplifting . . . It reads like a writer having fun."--New York Journal of Books
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.