Please Don't Come Back from the Moon

by Dean Bakopoulos

Debut Books of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on Please Don't Come Back from the Moon

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.

Comparison: Leif Enger, Matt Dunn,Jennifer Haigh.
Similar this month: John Bennett.

Sarah Broadhurst

Please Don't Come Back from the Moon Synopsis

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'.

Please Don't Come Back from the Moon Press Reviews

'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 exciting’
Washington Post

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ISBN: 9780552773171
Publication date: 01/02/2006
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552773171
Publication date: 1st February 2006
Author: Dean Bakopoulos
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Dean Bakopoulos

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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