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Michaela is no saint. Living alone in a decaying rust-belt city at the end of the twentieth century, her life completely adrift, she grudgingly attends her estranged mother’s funeral. There she learns about the grisly murder of a local boy named Tony Zabelsky. She becomes obsessed with his story and begins haunting the places he frequented until she meets his former lover, ...more
Kindle Edition, 88 pages
Published July 8th 2012 by Valhalla Press
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Nick Chuchna
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
John Pistelli sketches a dying rust belt city in a dusky charcoal haze tainted by deep red splatters of blood and wealth. It is a coming of age narrative. It is a meditation on late capitalism and the consequences of eschewing social expectations. It is an elegy to independent thought. What happens to a city when the thing that defines it – the industry that built it – is no longer there? What happens to a person when the ideals, the values, the ethics that guide them are offered up in exchange ...more
Eric
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A headless corpse, a murder mystery, a dystopian look at a decaying rustbelt city and a rumination on religion and post-modern society in one compact package. Kudos to Pistelli. Write more.
Albert Davenport
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Pistelli's dystopic post-industrial novella creates an almost suffocating environment for its characters while at the same time making the reader skeptical of all viewpoints expressed. In short, a brilliant use of several unreliable narrators to simultaneously tell us a story of anomie, death and redemption, of sorts.



Pistelli's beautiful language moves the readers through Michaela's world seamlessly while evoking her role as confessor to the books other characters. I look forward to more work fr

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Anniken Davenport
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book drove me from the rust belt. See ya! Available for kindle, nook, and kobo readers. ...more
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John Pistelli is from Pittsburgh, PA, and now lives in Minneapolis, MN, where he teaches literature. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Minnesota. His short fiction, poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in many journals, including Rain Taxi, The Millions, and Five 2 One. He is the author of The Quarantine of St. Sebastian House, Portraits and Ashes, and The Ecstasy of Michael ...more

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