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Please Don't Come Back from the Moon by Dean Bakopoulos

Please Don't Come Back from the Moon

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A poignant tale set in suburban America amidst a close-knit community of Poles and Ukranians. It is about growing up fatherless with the world against you. When all their fathers leave town one by one, the boys of the neighbourhood must grow up quickly and become men before their time. This is moving and heart-warming and a real coming-of-age tale, lyrical and rewarding. Highly recommended.

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Please Don't Come Back from the Moon by Dean Bakopoulos

Tells a tale of fathers and sons, and of growing up the hard way. When Michael was sixteen his father left home. He wasn't the first to go. One by one other men in the blue-collar neighbourhood outside Detroit vanish. One props open the door to his shoe store and leaves a note. 'I'm going to the moon,' it reads, 'I took all the cash'.

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'Deftly welding magic realism with social satire, Bakopoulos captures the dark side of the working-class dream'
New York Times

‘A delightful debut novel. In it a combination of different ingredients, including raw literary talent and a sprinkling of magical realism, form the kind of story that I suspect people will be talking about in book clubs and sharing with neighbors. . . clever, unusual and excitingâ
Washington Post

About the Author

Dean Bakopoulos is a former bookseller, and has published fiction is Zoetrope and other journals. In 2004 he was named one of America’s best new novel writers by Virginia Quarterly. He lives in Wisconsin.

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1st February 2006


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Transworld Publishers Ltd


Paperback (b Format)
320 pages


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