Queen of Spades (Paperback)

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In his debut novel set in the Pacific Northwest, Michael Shou-Yung Shum creates a delightfully bittersweet world from an unlikely setting: a tumbledown casino. Queen of Spades traces the lives of three characters: a terminally ill pit boss, a recovering gambling addict, and a newly hired dealer trying to escape his past. Their fates are linked to a wealthy patron known only as The Countess and a single hand of cards. I loved getting to know these quixotic characters and living, all too briefly, in their fascinating world.

— Michael


"Michael Shou-Yung Shum's Queen of Spades is a remarkable debut by an enormously talented young writer who has produced a literary delight that circles the dead center of a very dangerous pleasure--casino gambling. "--Frederick Barthelme, author of Bob the Gambler

About the Author

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Michael Shou-Yung Shum eventually found himself dealing poker in a dead-end casino in Lake Stevens, Washington. Two doctorates bookend this strange turn of events: the first in Psychology from Northwestern, and the second in English from University of Tennessee. Along the way, Michael spent a dozen years in Chicago, touring the country as a rave DJ. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his spouse and three cats. Queen of Spades is his first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781942436317
ISBN-10: 1942436319
Publisher: Forest Avenue Press
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English