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Author: Michael Piafsky Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781482958263
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Michael Piafsky’s captivating, Tarot-inspired debut depicts the dramatic arc of an Everyman’s life from childhood to old age.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Moves seamlessly from the poetic to the humorous to the vernacular…A brilliant book that serves as a cautionary tale for anyone over thirty who feels certain about his or her future.”

    ForeWord Reviews

  • “Beautifully written and deeply rewarding. Piafsky is heading toward becoming a major writer.”


  • “A long, lovely poem of a book, a kind of literary kaleidoscope that reveals beautiful, intricate patterns with each turn of the page.”

    Liam Callanan, author of The Cloud Atlas

  • “Michael Piafsky is quite a good writer: smart, playful, energetic, and a skillful hand with words, besides being very funny when it’s the appropriate time to be funny, and touching when the situation calls for it too. I hope he gets the readership he deserves.”

    Stephen Dixon, National Book Award–nominated author of Frog 

  • “Michael Piafsky finds the remarkable in seemingly unremarkable things. He is a poet of everyday details, and All The Happiness You Deserve is a beautiful, confident novel, full of unique and unexpected energy.”

    Scott O’Connor, author of Untouchable

  • “With a pointillist painter’s skill and vision, Michael Piafsky uses brief scenes to create a full canvas. All the Happiness You Deserve succeeds brilliantly on both a microscopic and telescopic level with the sum of its parts being greater than the whole—and yet somehow each part stands on its own as a perfect jewel, a flash of light.”

    Marly Swick, author of The Summer Before the Summer of Love

  • “A distinctive, insightful portrait of the everyday rhythms of life and the fragile, complicated threads that connect us, All the Happiness You Deserve is a wildly original, mesmerizing debut.”

    Amy Hatvany, author of Heart like Mine

  • “Through beautifully written episodes, Michael Pifsky’s novel All the Happiness You Deserve takes us right into the unavoidable melancholy of life.”

    Sahar Delijani, author of Children of the Jacaranda Tree

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About the Author

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 MeridianEpic, 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 Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.