Join Michael Zadoorian at the Shelby Township Library (51680 Van Dyke Ave) on Wednesday, April 24th at 7:00 PM. He will read from his latest novel, Beautiful Music, and be available for autographs. Books will be available from The Book Beat.
Registration is requested. Register here.
About Beautiful Music
A 2019 Michigan Notable Book
Set in early 1970s Detroit, a divided city still reeling from its violent race riot of 1967, Beautiful Music is the story of one young man’s transformation through music. Danny Yzemski is a husky, pop radio–loving loner balancing a dysfunctional homelife with the sudden harsh realities of freshman year at a high school marked by racial turbulence.
But after 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 hold it together with the help of Librium, highballs, and breakfast cereal, Danny finds his own reason to carry on: rock and roll. In particular, the drum and guitar–heavy songs of local legends like the MC5 and Iggy Pop. In the vein of Nick Hornby and Tobias Wolff, yet with a style very much Zadoorian’s own, Beautiful Music is a touching story about the power of music and its ability to save one’s soul.
Michael Zadoorian is a Michigan Notable novelist and short story writer. His work explores themes of love, death, music, memory, things forgotten and found again, the eidetic power of photographic images, and Detroit. He is best known as the author of The Leisure Seeker, published in 2009, which was adapted in 2018 for a movie starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.