The Ecstasy of Michaela

The Ecstasy of Michaela

John Pistelli / Jul 22, 2019

The Ecstasy of Michaela 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 a

  • Title: The Ecstasy of Michaela
  • Author: John Pistelli
  • ISBN: B008IVP3I2
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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,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, Eliza May Bradford Eliza has repudiated her wealthy family and now lives in a squatter s commune with her and Tony s child Michaela embarks on an almost hallucinatory journey through the ruined city and through the memories of Eliza and others who knew Tony Zabelsky Along the way, she learns who holds power in her city and how they treat those who do not Such unforgettable knowledge compels her to action A dark literary fiction in the tradition of J M Coetzee and Don DeLillo, The Ecstasy of Michaela is at once a philosophical dialogue on the meaning of evil, an image rich portrait of a country in decay, a political protest against the ravages that avarice and cruelty have unleashed on America s cities, and a poetic character study of a woman who must find the resources to resist, in any way she can, the world s crushing forces.

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      • John Pistelli

        John Pistelli was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania He now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he teaches literature, writing, and other liberal arts subjects He holds a PhD in English from the University of Minnesota His short fiction, poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in Rain Taxi, New Walk, Ragnarok, The Millions, Revolver, Winter Tangerine Review, The Squawk Back, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Atomic, The Amaranth Review, Muse, Five 2 One, and elsewhere His short story How People Live won Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train May 2012 Short Story Award for New Writers He is the author of the novella The Ecstasy of Michaela and the novel Portraits and Ashes Find out here.If you would like to support my work and you enjoy intense, idea packed, and sometimes surreal literary fiction, you might please read, and review Portraits and Ashes or The Ecstasy of Michaela.


    268 Comments

    1. 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.


    2. 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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