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Publisher Comments:

“[A] wonderful read . . . delivered with a holism evocative of a John Irving novel.

Beautifully written and deeply rewarding.” —Booklist

“Brilliant . . . Michael Piafsky is a word wizard . . . with prose so dramatic and suspenseful that the book becomes impossible to put down.” —ForeWord Reviews

“Beautifully rendered. . . .Piafsky writes with precision, finding meaning, and even beauty, in both the mundane and dramatic elements of an ordinary life.” —Shelf Unbound

This dazzling debut novel follows its midwestern narrator from childhood to old age as he examines the touchpoints and transitions that define a life. Scottys languorous journey takes him through the pivotal experiences common to so many American men: a middle-class childhood, college, marriage, fatherhood, cross-country moves, business success and failure, and aging. Piafsky frames his story with Tarot images that speak to the disconnectedness of society and the perplexing isolation of the human condition.

Michael Piafsky is the director of creative writing at Spring Hill College in Alabama and a former editor of the Missouri Review. All the Happiness You Deserve is his first novel.

Review:

"Piafsky's debut novel uses tarot as a unifying device to bring together 78 short chapters, one for each card in the deck. The chapters, which generally correspond thematically to their given cards, read more like vignettes or very short stories than traditional chapters (one, in fact, was previously published as a standalone story). Beginning with the unnamed protagonist's middle-American childhood, the novel progresses more or less chronologically through life events both major and minor, including his older sister's sudden death, his parents' subsequent breakup, love affairs, marriage, fatherhood, and middle age. At times, readers may grow wistful for the thoughtful, philosophical boy who, in his fifth-grade teacher's words 'goes somewhere very far away, somewhere deep inside his mind.' By midlife, that boy's been replaced by an often-obnoxious financial professional more interested in the trappings of success than in the life of the mind. Only near the novel's end does some of his introspection return — this time after events that seem to echo those experienced by his father decades earlier. There are some transcendent moments here, particularly in the early chapters, but Piafsky's narrator is too frequently crass and thoughtless to convince as the everyman he seems intended to be. Agent: Chris Kepner, Victoria Sanders & Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Michael Piafsky's captivating, Tarot-inspired debut depicts the dramatic arc of an everyman's life from childhood to old age.

Synopsis:

An Everyman searches for truth and meaning in a life fraught with unsettling challenges, joyful milestones, and the unconscious awareness of the passage of time. The seventy-eight evocative cards of the Tarot deck frame the narrator's story as he journeys through the phases of his life from childhood to old age. Michael Piafsky's dazzling debut novel offers a new and important voice to lovers of literary fiction.

Michael Piafsky is an assistant professor and the director of creative writing at Spring Hill College in Alabama. The Missouri native earned an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of Missouri. A former editor of the Missouri Review, Piafsky has published fiction and nonfiction in such journals as Meridian, Epic, and Bar Stories. A chapter from All the Happiness You Deserve was published by the Jabberwock Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Synopsis:

This captivating debut novel follows its protagonist as he tries to understand the world around him over the course of his lifetime. Its seventy-eight short chapters track the seventy-eight cards of a Tarot deck; each depicts an arc in the man's life as he travels from childhood to college, marriage to fatherhood, career-building to retirement, in search of truth and meaning.

Michael Piafsky is an assistant professor and the director of creative writing at Spring Hill College in Alabama. The Missouri native earned an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of Missouri. A former editor of the Missouri Review, Piafsky has published fiction and nonfiction in such journals as Meridian, Epic, and Bar Stories. A chapter from All the Happiness You Deserve was published by the Jabberwock Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

About the Author

Michael Piafsky is an associate professor and the director of creative writing at Spring Hill College in Alabama. The Montreal native earned an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of Missouri. A former editor of the Missouri Review, Piafsky has published fiction and nonfiction in journals such as Meridian, Epic, and Bar Stories, among others, and an excerpt from All the Happiness You Deserve, his first novel, was published by the Jabberwock Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781938849152
Author:
Piafsky, Michael
Publisher:
Prospect Park Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Piafsky's debut novel uses tarot as a unifying device to bring together 78 short chapters, one for each card in the deck. The chapters, which generally correspond thematically to their given cards, read more like vignettes or very short stories than traditional chapters (one, in fact, was previously published as a standalone story). Beginning with the unnamed protagonist's middle-American childhood, the novel progresses more or less chronologically through life events both major and minor, including his older sister's sudden death, his parents' subsequent breakup, love affairs, marriage, fatherhood, and middle age. At times, readers may grow wistful for the thoughtful, philosophical boy who, in his fifth-grade teacher's words 'goes somewhere very far away, somewhere deep inside his mind.' By midlife, that boy's been replaced by an often-obnoxious financial professional more interested in the trappings of success than in the life of the mind. Only near the novel's end does some of his introspection return — this time after events that seem to echo those experienced by his father decades earlier. There are some transcendent moments here, particularly in the early chapters, but Piafsky's narrator is too frequently crass and thoughtless to convince as the everyman he seems intended to be. Agent: Chris Kepner, Victoria Sanders & Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Michael Piafsky's captivating, Tarot-inspired debut depicts the dramatic arc of an everyman's life from childhood to old age.

"Synopsis" by ,

An Everyman searches for truth and meaning in a life fraught with unsettling challenges, joyful milestones, and the unconscious awareness of the passage of time. The seventy-eight evocative cards of the Tarot deck frame the narrator's story as he journeys through the phases of his life from childhood to old age. Michael Piafsky's dazzling debut novel offers a new and important voice to lovers of literary fiction.

Michael Piafsky is an assistant professor and the director of creative writing at Spring Hill College in Alabama. The Missouri native earned an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of Missouri. A former editor of the Missouri Review, Piafsky has published fiction and nonfiction in such journals as Meridian, Epic, and Bar Stories. A chapter from All the Happiness You Deserve was published by the Jabberwock Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

"Synopsis" by ,

This captivating debut novel follows its protagonist as he tries to understand the world around him over the course of his lifetime. Its seventy-eight short chapters track the seventy-eight cards of a Tarot deck; each depicts an arc in the man's life as he travels from childhood to college, marriage to fatherhood, career-building to retirement, in search of truth and meaning.

Michael Piafsky is an assistant professor and the director of creative writing at Spring Hill College in Alabama. The Missouri native earned an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of Missouri. A former editor of the Missouri Review, Piafsky has published fiction and nonfiction in such journals as Meridian, Epic, and Bar Stories. A chapter from All the Happiness You Deserve was published by the Jabberwock Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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