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Based on the true events, the novel TRUTH ACCORDING TO MICHAEL tells the story about homeless men in New York, their addictions, and the road to recovery.
The second book in the Michael Nicolau Series, this novel follows thirty-three years in the life of Michael Nicolau. The story takes us on the long path of Michael’s soul-searching and understanding of circumstances that brought him to become a homeless man living in the Bowery Mission. Eager to vindicate himself and his conduct, he speaks about his life, for hours, day after day, to a counselor in the Mission. At the same time comic and tragic, villain and hero, Michael is wrestling with the concepts of truth, reality, hope, faith, love, and honor.
In thirty-five chapters, the author successfully juggles two parallel stories - one of Michael’s life and character; and the other, of the daily life in the Bowery Mission and destinies of men living together and fighting the entrapments of poverty, homelessness, and addiction.
In 2016, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression (1930). The number of homeless people sleeping each night in the municipal shelters is now 87 percent higher than it was ten years ago. According to official information, in July 2016, there were 60,456 homeless people, including 15,156 homeless families with 23,425 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. Besides them, unnumbered thousands of unsheltered homeless people sleep on New York City streets, in the subway system, and in other public spaces.
Among many shelters in New York City that offers refuge, food, shower, clothing, and recovery program to homeless New Yorkers, the Bowery Mission in Lower Manhattan is one of the oldest and best known. Every day, hundreds of people with nowhere else to go, pass through the distinctive red doors of The Bowery Mission Chapel for a hot meal or other services.
Publishing date: September 19, 2016
Format: 6x9 / 448 pages
Fiction / Psychological Novel
Stevan V. Nikolic was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1958 and moved to New York, USA in 1987. He began his literary career as a poet before turning to non-fiction and fiction.
As a writer, he spent last twenty-five years studying various forms of esoteric spirituality. Mr. Nikolic is the author of nine creative nonfiction and three fiction books published in English, Serbian, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese language:Royal Art (2006),The Peace of the Rose (2007),Freemasonry in Serbia (2011),On the Square– Decoding Freemasonry(2013), Spiritual Guide to the Secret of Birth - a four- book series written in Serbian language, on Astrology, Alchemy, Kabbalah, and Ancient Mysteries (2010/2011), and novels Weekend in Faro(2014) Truth According To Michael (2016), and The Diary of the New York Baker (to be released in July 2019
He lives in New York and works in publishing. He is the editor-in-chief of the Adelaide Books LLC and Adelaide Literary Magazine.