Reincarnation Blues (Hardcover)

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Bookseller: Pam
Title: Reincarnation Blues

A charming love story (Susie said, “Mmm?” Because she didn’t hear well, so he repeated, “I’m proud of you.” And she squeezed his hand and rested her head on his shoulder and laughed, and said, “That’s all right, love. I’m tired of you, too.”); a story of past and future lives and the people and feelings we became (“The voices talk about the masks you wear, like the wife mask and the husband mask and the mask where you pretend you know what you’re doing and the festival mask and the masks of ennui and joy.”); a meditation on being in the moment; a treatise on how to achieve justice (“All good parents taught their kids this same lesson: If everyone agreed to suffer pain or death rather than being treated unjustly, greedy people could never again gain power.”); an epic song of enduring love. And funny, too.

— From Pam's Past Picks - 1

Bookseller: Gio
Title: Reincarnation Blues

Brilliant. Witty. Engaging. This is a beautiful story of two, well, not people exactly. Milo is the oldest soul in the afterlife, having lived eight thousand years and nearly ten thousand lives, and has yet to reach Perfection. Suzie is Death. Milo and Suzie are in love, and have been for eight millenia, but this love affair is preventing Milo from reaching Perfection and throwing the Universe off balance, at their immortal peril. When you've loved someone for eight thousand years, it's hard to give that person, or anthropomorphised idea, up. This is a beautiful story about love, life(s) and human and not-quite-human failures.

— From Giovanni


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.

Praise for Reincarnation Blues

"The most fun you'll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident."--NPR

"This book made me laugh out loud. And then a page later, it made me sob. Reminiscent of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, Poore finds humor in the dark absurdities of life."--Chicago Review of Books

"Charming . . . surprisingly light and uplifting . . . It reads like a writer having fun."--New York Journal of Books

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