Last Year's Jesus A Novella & Nine Stories
Last Year's Jesus A Novella & Nine Stories  -     By: Ellen Slezak
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This book marks the debut of an extraordinary new voice in fiction. In giving us the odd and wonderful characters in this collection, Ellen Slezak invites us into a world made up of passion plays, tomato patches, hard-pressed single mothers, unemployed men, and elderly women and men who are at once deeply loving and deeply harsh, displaying small kindnesses and, at times, acts of stunning cruelty. Linked by place--the neighborhoods of Detroit--these stories create a world that feels both familiar and strange. In a writing style reminiscent of such masters of the short story as Lorrie Moore and Charles Baxter, Slezak writes of this working-class community, giving voice to the particular daily rituals of Polish Catholicism; of a young woman's ambivalent relationship with her grandmother; of the hesitation of a woman whose pregnancy becomes the basis for an unexpected bond with her grandfather; of the unlikely friendship between a lonely young boy and an adult woman who lives across the street. With a poignancy and an eye for the distinguishing feature that can make a character come alive on the page, Slezak's remarkable first book signals the arrival of an exciting new talent.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 237
Vendor: Hachette Book Group, USA
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.12 X .50 (inches)
ISBN: 0786886382
ISBN-13: 9780786886388

Publisher's Description

Now available in paperback, a collection of interconnected stories by an award-winning writer with a distinctive voice and an unerring sense of place.

The stories in this affecting debut collection are populated by the sober, self-effacing members of Detroit's Polish-Catholic working class. Linked by place and characters, the stories create a world both familiar and strange, where religion is a way of life and traditions are carried down through the generations. But even this isolated community cannot remain immutable.

In these wonderfully poignant and witty stories based on people and places she knows well, Ellen Slezak documents the colorful clash of young and old, of religious and secular, of traditional values and the temptations of the flesh. Like Winesburg, Ohio, Last Year's Jesus creates a fully realized world teetering on the brink of change. Writing with tremendous empathy, warmth, and humor, Slezak brings to life the sights and sounds of a place she calls home--a place readers won't soon forget.

Author Bio

Ellen Slezak is the author of Last Year's Jesus. Her short fiction has been published in numerous literary journals. A native of Detroit, she currently lives in Los Angeles.

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