Nominated by:

Richland Library, Columbia, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Del Rey, USA

Reincarnation Blues

Michael Poore    

A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself. 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.

 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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 Librarian’s comments:

This heartbreaking and hilarious book tells the story of Milo, the oldest and most reincarnated soul in existence, as he desperately struggles to avoid being cast into eternal nothingness by attaining perfection with his remaining lives. This exhilarating journey through Milo’s numerous incarnations, provides the unique experience of reading science fiction, fantasy, futuristic dystopia, historical fiction, humor, adventure and romance all in one delightfully redemptive book.

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