Please Don't Come Back from the Moon
Michael Smolij and his friends are the sons of a generation of working-class Detroit men...more
Set in Maple Rock, a fictional Ukrainian working-class suburb of Detroit, where one year all of the fathers in town went to the moon. Narrated by the son of one of the fathers, sixteen at the time his father disappeared, the book spans the subsequent decade as Mikey grows into a restless manhood. There is hope that he'll escape the fate of this father -- both the reasons he went to the moon, and the moon itself.
Much of the story is set in and around Detroit and Ann Arbor, wh...more
So we just wound up chatting about novels and as I was leaving, she made me wait in reception so that she could find a copy of this book for me. It was well worth the wait, and a gesture that...more
The families that are left behind struggle through the changes and the book focuses on Michael, one of the sons who has to come to terms with living...more
The young men grow up but never leave the neighborhood and eventually become family men themselves, still struggling, still living in the homes their fathers' left.
Praise and high marks for "use of the "f" word most frequently on a single page" is the mark I would give it. The storyline and it's effect on the characters is interesting making it an evaluation of absent fathers and their e...more
I picked this up because I stumbled across it at a used book store, and had flashbacks of high school and Dean's name scrawled in hearts on every notebook I owned my sophomore year. There's a Michigan loyalty I think as well, I would have read & bought a book written by a local just out of hometown pride.
The themes of this book are thought-provoking and raw. Michael'...more
The term "heartbreaking" appears frequently in reviews of this debut novel, whose title is derived from a Charles Mingus jazz composition. With its undercurrent of magic and social satire, Michael's coming-of-age story struck a strong chord with most critics. The main character is, at times, annoyingly indecisive, but the 12 years of his life presented in this compelling story ring true. Please Don't Come Back From the Moon should be read as a tribute to the past generation of working-class Amer...more
Thanks to Knickers who lent this book to me. She's a great lady. But she's in Wisconsin, so she can't have it back because the post office is taking a nine month furlough on a account of the lagging economy. Who wants it next? Jeremy? You have to read...more
Interesting concept that didn't quite live up to its potential. It's a book that can be interpreted several different ways and it leaves with us with many unanswered questions. Where are the fathers? Why did the leave? Where did they go? And what is going to happen to the young sons left behind when they grow up? I read this is less than a day, and thought it was enjoyable and at times through provoking. But I was left with the feeling that the author didn't delve into the story as deeply as he...more
As the years pass, the economy continues to run the gamut from crap to awful, and Mikey and...more
This is a true Gen-X book, and I mean that in a good way. Anyone who grew up on that fine line between the middle and th...more