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In a world where temples are dying and sacred theaters have been replaced by brothels, what will happen when a hard-headed businessman joins forces with an idealist?
Michael's House is a speculative fiction series set in a Progressive Era slum.
The series is part of the Turn-of-the-Century
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"The relationship between . . . Michael and Janus is one of those unforgettable pairings that will live with the reader long after they finish the story." —Goodreads (A. B. Gayle).
"'Delicate' may seem like an odd word to use for such a story, but it's written with a delicacy that reveals the humanity of its characters rather than exploiting them. [Michael's House] is a deeply moving story about survival in the underbelly of a culture that despises the people it uses and casts them off like so much garbage." —Goodreads (Catana).
"Tease away the outer layers [of the story], and a whole fascinating
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The New Boy. Running a business seemed a simple enough matter: you learned what the patron wanted, and you forced an employee to satisfy his needs. Then along came the new boy.
Offstage. Michael's House is facing ruin – unless one of the partners falls back on old ways.
Blurred Lines. Michael has survived poverty, prostitution, and the loss of love, but not even his partner may be able to help him overcome the latest challenge.
Whipster: Historical Note.
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Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of historical speculative fiction series that includes this series. This page includes resources such as a chronology of major political events in the cycle.
Bibliography for this series:
Masculinity, Crime, and Everyday Life in Victorian and Edwardian Times.
Works set in the Michael's House world by other authors and artists.
Honor and Hope (Volume 1).
Other stories in the series aren't yet written.
Next series in the Turn-of-the-Century Toughs cycle:
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