Reincarnation Blues (Hardcover)

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Milo has ten thousand chances to get it right – to earn his place in the cosmic soul. But Milo is already on life number 9,995, and if things keep going the way they have, instead of becoming one with everything, he may just slide off into nothingness. Still, there are plenty of laughs, heartbreak and growth in his last five lives, and always the companionship of Death (or Susie as she prefers to be called) to keep him company between incarnations. A novel for those who love Vonnegut and Gaiman (with a touch of Steinbeck).

— Karen

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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.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399178481
ISBN-10: 0399178481
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English