A misfit kid at the best of times, Mishka Shubaly had his world shattered when, in a 24-hour span in 1992, he survived a mass shooting on his school's campus then learned that his parents were getting divorced. His father, a prominent rocket scientist, abandoned the family, and their home was lost to foreclosure. Shubaly swore to avenge the wrongs against his mother but instead plunged into a magnificently toxic love affair with alcohol.
At 37, writer/musician Mishka Shubaly thought his life was going great. He had a beautiful new girlfriend and sudden prosperity as an author. But when he adopts an orphaned infant mouse, his world is turned on its head. The mouse comes to symbolize everything left unresolved in his life - his relationship with his divorced parents, his fear of family and commitment, and his inability to feel true happiness and love.
After nearly twenty years of chasing oblivion, a fight in a bar reveals to a newly sober Mishka Shubaly that he is able to run long distances. Despite his best attempts to dodge enlightenment and personal growth, the irreverent young drunk and drug abuser learns to tame his self-destructive tendencies through ultrarunning. His outrageous sense of humor, however, rages unabated.
"So. Damn. Good."
This book collects all six of Mishka Shubaly's best-selling Kindle Singles - The Long Run, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Shipwrecked, Bachelor Number One, Of Mice and Me, and Beat the Devil. Also included are several other short pieces by Mishka Shubaly and a special foreword by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.
"I like almost everything I read, and I did not like this"
Two-time best-selling Kindle Singles author Mishka Shubaly is back with a dark, intimate, fascinating story of love, hope, and human connection... gone horribly, horribly awry.
"Hysterical telling of the dangers of social media"
In the Year of the Shark, a chance encounter between a ne'er-do-well writer and a tropical storm left him marooned on the deserted end of a Caribbean island and charged with the rescue of his four shipmates. There, Mishka Shubaly learned some valuable life lessons - among them that in the absence of whiskey, wine, and water, urine will get the job done.
"Great juxtaposition of two life changing stories "
Only five days after a nasty breakup, best-selling Kindle Singles author Mishka Shubaly is invited to audition for a reality show - a dating reality show. Against all logic, he applies and, against all logic, he advances. Fearless and funny, Shubaly is forced to interrogate not just the reality of the show but also his decisions, his addictions, his neuroses, his desires - indeed, his entire reality.
"Be does it again."
In Beat the Devil, addict, alcoholic and best-selling Kindle Singles author Mishka Shubaly returns to battle his ultimate demon: his obsession with rock 'n' roll. Over three decades, his affliction has spawned immeasurable chaos and destruction (and, yes, maybe some debauched good times). While his rivals have graced the covers of Spin and Rolling Stone, Shubaly's projects have always flamed out in the 11th hour. At 36, sober and stable, Shubaly is poised to finally achieve the rock 'n' roll glory he has lusted after for years... or walk away from his lifelong dream forever.