Last Year's Jesus: A Novella and Nine Stories

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Hyperion, Apr 3, 2002 - Fiction - 237 pages
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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.

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User Review  - RidgewayGirl - LibraryThing

Ellen Slezak's collection of short stories are all set in and around Detroit and feature characters who, like the city, are both down on their luck and hopeful things might just work out anyway ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cariola - LibraryThing

Since I was born in Detroit, grew up in the suburbs, and lived more than half of my life in the area, Ellen Slezak's stories brought back a lot of memories of persons and places: Bob-Lo Island, Ernie ... Read full review



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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.

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