Nike Izmaylov & Michelle Izmaylov

Nike Izmaylov spends more time than probably necessary thinking about the people of this world. An aspiring scholar of medicine currently studying molecular and cellular biology at Harvard College, Nike pursues casual interests from across the spectrum of disciplines, from computer science to sociology, from political movements to theoretical physics. Nike hopes to one day soon change the world for the better, not merely by the word, but also by the hand. Nike has published previous children’s novels and picture books under the pseudonym “Nicole Izmaylov.”
Dr. Michelle Izmaylov is a physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is an author of four novels and more recently a writer of creative nonfiction which explores narrative medicine. She received first place in the 2016 national Gold-Hope Tang, MD Humanism in Medicine Essay Contest for her essay “Your Soul is Not Concrete.” Her medical essays have been published widely in journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Authors: Nike & Michelle Izmaylov
Genre: Magical Realism
Release Date 02/05/2018

Two weeks before graduation, a high school class gathers to celebrate a far more momentous occasion: one of their very own, Grace Tod, has donated her soul. Most applaud her sacrifice; after all, a finite number of souls exist in their world, and without a soul donation no new children can be born. But Leah knows “soul donation” is just sugar-coating suicide, and Tally is terrified her best friend Hannah may decide to make a donation next. Concern also grows in pockets among the adult world. Dr. Lira, a physician who runs one of the soul recycling clinics, risks his life and career to try talking his patients out of soul donation—until he’s caught for nearly deterring a patient from making a donation. The recycling clinics have quotas to meet, after all.

In this interwoven story told from many voices and perspectives, each person must confront the societal laws that decide humanity’s fate. Some choose to stand up to the authorities against their own family and friends. Others say this is just the way of the world. And still others hide themselves away in distractions or cloak their discomfort in caring for those around them. Yet all ultimately arrive at the same final door.

Hardback ISBN:  9781629898674
Paperback ISBN: 9781629898681
eBook ISBN: 9781629898698