Beautiful Music

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Zadoorian
Narrator: Alexander Thompson
Genres: Literature, Fiction
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Published In: May 2018
Length: 9 hours, 25 minutes
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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. He finds refuge through bonding sessions with his father-listening to records on their brand new hi-fi and taking in his advice on dealing with bullies and driving a car with authority. But when Danny's father passes away suddenly, he's left alone to deal with his mother, a fragile woman who's angry at the loss of her husband and the increasingly seismic cultural shifts in the world. As she soldiers on with the help of Librium, highballs, and breakfast cereal, Danny soon realizes that, between his tormentors at school and toxic dinners at home, he needs to be more determined than ever to persevere. When he discovers rock music and, in particular, the drum and guitar-heavy songs of Michigan legends like The MC5 and Iggy Pop, he finds his reason to carry on and gains a new identity at school.

Author Details

Author Details

Zadoorian, Michael

Michael Zadoorian is the author of the critically praised The Leisure Seeker (now a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland), Second Hand: A Novel, and the short-story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit. A 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, he lives with his wife in the Detroit metropolitan area.