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Gentlemen of Space
Magnolia Court is not the most magical place in Florida, but to young Georgie Finch, this outsized housing project in the heart of the suburbs is the center of the universe. In this superbly crafted, imaginative, and intelligent novel, Georgie tells us the story of when his father, Jerry, won a competition in 1976 to become the first civilian man on the moon. He also tells ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Free Press
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Ira Sher’s Gentlemen of Space, is one of those tough-to-explain novels. It’s about an everyman sent to the moon on a NASA mission and goes missing. But of course, it’s about more than that. Most of the book is told from the perspective of the astronaut’s nine-year-old son as he looks out on and lives through the spectacle of media and space fanatics encamped outside his apartment building. It’s about hero-worship, and it’s about disillusionment, and it’s about escape, and a lot of other things a ...more
After struggling like crazy to get started with this book, I was delighted...no that's not the right word...pleased...to read this first novel by the NPR contributor (which was, by the by, my main reason for picking it up in the first place). It was dreamy and surreal which was part of why it was so difficult to get started (put it down twice before sitting with it for good). In the end, the dreamlike qualities and the fantastic situations become as real as the US space program was to Americans ...more