The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit


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Wayne State University Press
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5.3 X 7.7 X 0.6 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Zadoorian is author of the novels The Leisure Seeker and Second Hand, which won the Great Lakes Colleges Association's First Fiction award. His stories have appeared in Literary Review, American Short Fiction, Beloit Fiction Journal, North American Review, ARARAT, and the collection Detroit Noir.


The stories in The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit give the reader such a deep and intimate vicarious journey, one would think that Zadoorian has had several past lives to draw on for material. As I read, I was always amazed to discover what lurked beneath them."--Luis Resto "Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer of "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile "
The stories in Michael Zadoorian's new collection, The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit, represent the serrated leading edge of the Barthelmean aesthetic dictum of being on 'the leading edge of the junk phenomenon.' The prose here is a cacophonous chockablock collision with a no-nonsense nonsense knockout nominative wall of sound. This collection is stuffed with stuff."--Michael Martone "author of Michael Martone and The Blue Guide to Indiana "
What can one say of Zadoorian-chronicler of the lost, of junk and detritus, of the second-hand and hand-me-down. The abandoned. The soon-to-be-no-more. There is such poetry in these stories. Such wry wit and sadness. Such despair and, oddly, hope. In The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit, the city becomes a whole nation's ruined Byzantium: destitute and still strangely desired. Lost. And found again."--Christopher T. Leland "professor of English at Wayne State University and author of Letting Loose
The stories in The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit begin on the west side before moving east and then downtown, a literary tour done with the admirable, offhand grace of the best guidebooks. Zadoorian knows the streets and side streets and alleyways of his city and its surround; better, he knows the humor, the sadness, and the sometimes hidden beauty of life in the Rust Belt, and he pins it down on the page with wonderful precision."--Paul Clemens "author of Made in Detroit "
The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit by Michael Zadoorian is a collection of glorious short stories about Detroit's quirky characters, told with Zadoorian's pitch-perfect renditions of the unique sounds of Detroit."--Lansing Online News
These newly envisioned stories of Detroit come at you without apology for the gritty language of the city, the racism, the madness of everyday life. The whiff of 'presence, ' of being there, grabs at your throat. . . . Zadoorian uses his city, and his talent, to paint a picture of what is, as it truly is, and finds its pockets of beauty, its stolid citizens, its places of the heart. . . . In Zadoorian's hands Detroit is safe, painted with a silvery luster that falls just short of love."--Northern Express Weekly
If Detroit can produce such literary talent as Zadoorian, however, it may just thrive again. These stories awaken, alarm, grieve, giggle a bit, but mostly observe what we may wish to toss away, yet should first look directly in the eye-so that we can understand something more of our own condition.--Gently Read Literature