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About meMichael Zadoorian is the author of four works of fiction. His most recent novel, The Leisure Seeker was recently made into a feature film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland which is scheduled for release by Sony Pictures Classics in March 2018.

His newest novel, Beautiful Music (Akashic), will be released in May 2018. Set in 1970’s era Detroit, Beautiful Music is about one young man’s transformation through music. Danny Yzemski is a husky, pop radio–loving loner balancing a dysfunctional home life with the sudden harsh realities of freshman year at a high school marked by racial turbulence. When tragedy strikes the family, Danny’s mother becomes increasingly erratic and angry about the seismic cultural shifts unfolding in her city and the world. As she tries to keep it together with the help of Librium, highballs, and breakfast cereal, Danny finds his own reason to carry on: rock ‘n’ roll. Beautiful Music is a funny and poignant story about the power of music and its ability to save one’s soul.

Zadoorian’s second novel, The Leisure Seeker (William Morrow) is the story of John and Ella, two eighty-somethings who decide to kidnap themselves from the doctors and grown children who run their lives for a final adventure in their ancient Winnebago. When first published in 2009, the book garnered rave reviews from all over the world. In a starred review, Booklist wrote "The Leisure Seeker is pretty much like life itself: joyous, painful, moving, tragic, mysterious, and not to be missed." The L.A. Times said: Zadoorian is true to these geezers. He draws them in their most honest light. I hoped for a book that would make me laugh during these tight times, and I was rewarded." And the Sydney Morning Herald stated: "This is a sad, sweet love letter to a fading America… sharp humour about aging and a quietly shocking ending.” The Leisure Seeker was a bestseller in Italy and has been translated into over 20 different languages worldwide.

Michael Zadoorian's first novel, Second Hand (W.W. Norton) is about love and loss for a Detroit-area junk store owner. The New York Times Book Review said “Second Hand may be a gift from the (Tiki) gods” and called it "a romantic adventure that explores what Yeats called 'the foul rag and bone shop of the heart.'" Selected for Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Program and the American Booksellers Association Book Sense program, Second Hand also received the Great Lakes Colleges Association prestigious New Writers Award. Translated into Italian and French, it continues to be a cult favorite, still popping up on blogs and "favorite book" lists.

His short story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit (Wayne State University Press) follows characters coming to terms with the past and the present in a broken city. Lansing State Journal called them "…stories that grab you, shake you and slap you upside the head." The Ann Arbor Observer called the stories “sometimes wildly funny and more than a little crazy, yet they have a heart-breaking affection for the battered lives they portray.”

Zadoorian has worked as a copywriter, journalist, voice over talent, shipping room clerk, and a plant guard for Chrysler. He is the recipient of a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts, the Columbia University Anahid Literary Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and the Michigan Notable Book Award. His fiction has appeared in the The Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Witness, Great Lakes Review, and The North American Review. A lifetime resident of the Detroit area, he lives with his wife in a 1937 bungalow filled with cats and objects that used to be in the houses of other people.

About my library20th century classics, modern fiction, short stories, noir, biographies, pop culture, lots of beat; books about music, film, comedy, travel, drugs, crime, tiki, photography, Detroit, 50s and 60s design and death culture.



Real nameMichael Zadoorian

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