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Please don't come back from the moon

by Bakopoulos, Dean.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Monroeville Public Library Fiction Bakopoulos
Location  Monroeville Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  Bakopoulos
 
 
Summary
The summer Michael Smolij turns sixteen, his father disappears. One by one other men also vanish from the blue-collar neighborhood outside Detroit where their fathers before them had lived, raised families, and, in a more promising era, worked. One man props open the door to his shoe store and leaves a note. "I'm going to the moon," it reads. "I took the cash."

The wives drink, brawl, and sleep around, gradually settling down to make new lives and shaking off the belief in an American dream that, like their husbands, has proven to be a thing of the past. Unable to leave the neighborhood their fathers abandoned, Michael and his friends stumble through their twenties until the restlessness of the fathers blooms in them, threatening to carry them away.

This is a haunting, unforgettable debut novel for anyone who has ever been left longing.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "During the summer of 1991, when times were tough, the men of blue-collar Maple Rock outside Detroit disappeared one by one, with one of them leaving a note saying he was going to the moon. The women rage and weep, then start new lives--finding jobs, remarrying, moving to nicer suburbs. But the fatherless sons, among them 16-year-old Mikey Smolij, flounder for years. After an initial period of freedom and licentiousness, during which they take over the local tavern and serve as studs for older women, these teenage boys live with doubt about whether whatever caused their fathers' disappearances might get them too. Twelve years later, with Mikey's young adulthood marked by some dwindling relationships and depression, there is a mystical reunion, but how much happiness is possible in the face of a void that is never filled? This story, although less mythic, has echoes of Alice Hoffman's magic realism, and Bakopoulos' narrative can be compelling; still, unresolved questions leave this debut novel haunting but somewhat short of satisfying. --Michele Leber Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""When I was sixteen, my father went to the moon." Thus begins this debut novel about the mysterious disappearance of the men from a working-class suburb of Detroit. They go gradually, one by one, leaving for parts unknown-though more than one mentions the rocky orb up above. Michael Smolij's father is one of the last to vanish; once he's gone, Michael's musician mother plays "Norwegian Wood" on her violin, then takes two jobs to make ends meet. Michael, like all the boys in the neighborhood, has to grow up fast, working at the mall while taking community college courses. When Michael's mother remarries and moves away, leaving him the family house, Michael lands a job as a writer at a local radio station and starts dating a single mother with a five-year-old son, as if in an attempt to singlehandedly forge a new family for himself. The process of settling down, however, awakens a strange restlessness in him. Magic serves more as an emotional undercurrent than a mystery in this odd novel, part fable and part gritty realist chronicle. As Bakopoulos writes in an author's note, the book is a kind of elegy for his father's generation of downtrodden working-class men, but their disappointments are tempered by the modest hopes and ambitions of their sons in this gentle and moving tale. Agent, Amy Williams. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Single-parent families -- Fiction.
Working class families -- Fiction.
Fatherless families -- Fiction.
Runaway husbands -- Fiction.
Teenage boys -- Fiction.
Michigan -- Fiction.
Publisher Orlando, FL :Harcourt,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 273 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0151011354
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