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Michael Barsa

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Michael Barsa grew up in a German-speaking household in New Jersey and spoke no English until he went to school. So began an epic struggle to master the American "R" and a lifelong fascination with language. He's lived on three continents and spent many summers in southern Germany and southern Vermont.

He's worked as an award-winning grant writer, an English teacher, and an environmental lawyer. He now teaches environmental and natural resources law. His scholarly articles have appeared in several major law reviews, and his writing on environmental policy has appeared in The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times. His short fiction has appeared in Sequoia.

The Garden of Blue Roses is his first novel.

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“My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all, I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in our family is dead.”
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“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
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“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.”
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“Journeys end in lovers meeting; I have spent an all but sleepless night, I have told lies and made a fool of myself, and the very air tastes like wine. I have been frightened half out of my foolish wits, but I have somehow earned this joy; I have been waiting for it for so long.”
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“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
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Michael Lawyer wrote: "Michael, many thanks for your friendship."

Thanks so much for accepting! Looking forward to hear about what you're reading and to discussing great books.


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Lawyer Michael, many thanks for your friendship.


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Michael Mizuki wrote: "Thanks for the friend request."

Thanks, Mizuki, for accepting! I look forward to hearing about what you're reading.


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Mizuki Thanks for the friend request.


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Michael Mariah wrote: "Hey Michael!
Thanks for the friend request, I love getting new Goodreads friends :)"


Thanks, Mariah! I love new friends, too. Looking forward to hearing about what you're reading!


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Mariah Hey Michael!
Thanks for the friend request, I love getting new Goodreads friends :)


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Michael Thanks, Roman Clodia! I'm looking forward to some great book-related discussions, too!


Roman Clodia Thanks for the 'friendvite' (yuk!) Michael and, yes, look forward to swapping book-talk!


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Michael Wanda wrote: "Hi Michael, We do have quite a few books in common! I look forward to chatting with you in the future."

Thanks, Wanda! I too look forward to many wonderful discussions.


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Wanda Hi Michael, We do have quite a few books in common! I look forward to chatting with you in the future.


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Michael Luís wrote: "Thanks for accepting, Michael. I think we had a lot to learn with each other.."

Thanks, Luis! Yes, I do think we can learn a lot from each other. I look forward to it.


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Luís C. Thanks for accepting, Michael. I think we had a lot to learn with each other..


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Michael Chris wrote: "Thank you for the friend request. I look forward to discussing many great books with you (and perhaps a few not so great ones)."

Thanks so much, Chris, for accepting. I think we'll lots to talk about, whether they're great books or not!


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Chris Blocker Thank you for the friend request. I look forward to discussing many great books with you (and perhaps a few not so great ones).


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Michael Thanks so much, Jacob! I'm looking forward to learning about and discussing many great books.


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Jacob Overmark Hi Michael, thx for the friend request, Thou shalt be most welcome in my library. Brgds Jacob


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Michael Aloha wrote: "Hi Michael,

Thank you for the invite. I am excited about Walser. I owned several of his work but was focused on other authors at that time. Reading Microscripts made me look deeper into his life. ..."


Thank you, Aloha, for accepting my invitation! I'm excited to hear what you think about Walser. I have Jakob Von Gunten in a NYRB reissue, but I haven't read it yet. And I agree, walking is a wonderful way to escape, if only into your own mind. It's actually my favorite way of encountering and exploring a new city--to walk until I get lost, then see what I find.


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Aloha Hi Michael,

Thank you for the invite. I am excited about Walser. I owned several of his work but was focused on other authors at that time. Reading Microscripts made me look deeper into his life. What a fascinating man. I ordered The Walk for personal reasons. I walk alone mostly for the same reasons he walk alone. I walk to feel freedom from all the shackles life can put on you.


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Michael Brian wrote: "Thank you for the friend request, gladly accepted - looking forward to discussing books with you!"

Thank you, Brian! I look forward to it, as well!


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Brian Thank you for the friend request, gladly accepted - looking forward to discussing books with you!


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Michael Thank you, Rakhi! I too look forward to comparing books and reviews!


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Rakhi Dalal Thanks for the friend invite, Michael. It was good going through our common shelf :) I certainly look forward to your reading updates and reviews.


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Michael Connie (Ava Catherine) wrote: "Thank you for the request, and I certainly look forward to being your GR friend and comparing ideas about books."

Thank you for accepting my request! I look forward to sharing reviews and inspirations too.


Connie (Ava Catherine) Thank you for the request, and I certainly look forward to being your GR friend and comparing ideas about books.


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Michael Thank you, Nikki, for accepting my request! I too look forward to comparing notes on great books.


Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V. Thanks for the friend request, Michael! Looking forward to talking books :)


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Michael Delphine wrote: "Thanks for the request Michael. I hope you enjoy The Magic Toyshop - it's a delightful read!
Let me know what you think!"


Thanks, Delphine! I'll certainly let you know what I think. I can't wait to dive in.


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Fidan Lurin Thanks for the request Michael. I hope you enjoy The Magic Toyshop - it's a delightful read!
Let me know what you think!


Michael Thanks, Seemita, for accepting my friend request! I too look forward to discussing great books.


Seemita Thanks for the friend invite and kind words, Michael. I look forward to chatting books with you.


Michael Puck wrote: "Hi Michael, thank you for your friend-request! I'm looking forward on sharing some good gothic and literary horror books with you. Since you recommended Shirley Jackson to me (and what a wonderful ..."

Hi Puck--thanks so much for this recommendation! The Butcher's Hook looks amazing, and your review was wonderful. I will order it up right away. I see we're both drawn to these unbalanced, unreliable narrators! When they work, they work so well.


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Puck Hi Michael, thank you for your friend-request! I'm looking forward on sharing some good gothic and literary horror books with you. Since you recommended Shirley Jackson to me (and what a wonderful recommendation!), I'd like to recommend to you The Butcher's Hook.

It's an historical-fiction novel, more on the psychological suspense side than horror, but the line is thin. Here is my review of the book to give you an impression, but since you seem to like unbalanced main characters like Eleanor Vance, I think you'll like this book too :)


Michael Looks wonderful, Megan! Thanks for letting me know!


Michael Thank you, Sookie, for accepting! I too look forward to some great conversations!


Sookie Thank you for the friend request Michael. Looking forward for future conversations :)


Michael Thanks, Jeffrey, for accepting my friend request! I'm always thrilled to find others with similar reading interests and illuminating things to say.


Jeffrey Keeten Thanks for the friend request Michael. I appreciate your kind words.


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