Last Year's Jesus by Ellen Slezak
A Novella and Nine Stories

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A first 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 that feels 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 wont soon forget.

 

About Ellen Slezak

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Slezak has been a recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, a finalist in the Iowa Short Fiction Awards, and has twice been awarded Illinois Arts Council grants for fiction writing.
 
Published April 1, 2002 by Hyperion. 224 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the wonderful “Here in Car City,” another young woman, CeAnn, announces that “My family was not exactly thrilled when I bought an abandoned eight-unit .

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Each story finds the characters reaching out or being reached out to just at the moment that care and acknowledgment is most needed.

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In one story "Tomato Watch", Lucy, a young unemployed woman, agreed to stay with her 95 year old senile grandfather while her mother and mother's husband did some travelling.

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