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

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

by Michael Konik


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635767292
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,058,997
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

1 A Knock at the Front Door 1

2 The Legend of Fisher King Mike 5

3 The Better Angels 19

4 The Porch Watcher 31

5 Mr. Fixit 49

6 While You Were Away 77

7 Lots of Stuff to Do 87

8 A Trio of Visitors, One of Them Sane 101

9 A Peculiar Pack 117

10 Caretaker Mike 131

11 Resurrection 153

12 Birthday Gifts 161

13 Female Problems 165

14 Crisis 175

15 The Charmaine Regime 185

16 Thanksgiving 201

17 The Turn 217

18 I'll Be Home for Christmas 227

19 New Year, New Mike 235

20 The End? 243

Epilogue 255

Appendix: Poems 261

Acknowledgments 297

About the Author 299

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