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The Unexpected Guest: How a Homeless Man from the Streets of L.A. Redefined Our Home
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The Unexpected Guest: How a Homeless Man from the Streets of L.A. Redefined Our Home (Paperback)

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In this stirring memoir, discover the timely story of a couple who takes in a homeless man and the life-altering effect the experience has on all three of them.

For years, "Fisher King Mike" wandered L.A., preaching to his people. On occasion he'd share an open mic night with Michael Konik, who offered a curious and sympathetic ear, particularly when the Fisher King lamented his separation from his wife (who he claimed was Selena Gomez). As the pair began to trust one another, confusion and distance gave way to something that astounded them both.

The Unexpected Guest gives love profound new dimensions with its story of family, friendship, and the meaning of home. Konik offered food and a pair of pants when his new friend came by, and wondered how much he owed the troubled Fisher King-a question all of America faces with the nation's ongoing homelessness crisis. When Konik and his wife gave Fisher King Mike a place in their home, handy as he turned out to be with household projects, they witnessed a guest become a caretaker. Gone was the man who gave sermons about his supposed estate next door to Kanye West. Gone was the man drifting through life. What each never saw coming was their own transformation and the lessons they'd learn about what it means not only to be good people, but simply to be human.

Michael Konik is the bestselling author of twelve books, among them The Smart Money and Ella in Europe. Winner of the 2016 Barrelhouse Prize for his novel Year 14, Konik has been published in more than one hundred magazines, including the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Maxim. Dubbed "the dean of the world's gambling writers," his previous vocations include serving as an expert commentator on numerous FoxSports poker broadcasts, writing the golf column for Delta Sky, and performing as an improv comedian, jazz singer, and poet. Konik lives with his wife, Charmaine, and dog in Los Angeles, California.

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