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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.

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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[W]hat could have been just another whiny, blaming, prototypical parents-they-mess-you-up-style novel is instead something far more haunting and interesting....By deftly welding magic realism with social satire, Bakopoulos captures the dark side of the working-class dream." Elissa Schappell, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Both realistic and fantastic, heartfelt and objective, this first novel is recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"[M]arvelous....A dazzling debut that's both earthy and anguished as hope battles despair, with heartbreak always just below the surface." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

"By deftly welding magic realism with social satire, Bakopoulos captures the dark side of the working-class dream."--The New York Times Book Review

The year Michael Smolij turns seventeen, the men vanish from the blue-collar neighborhood outside Detroit where their fathers before them 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." Unable to leave the neighborhood where they have been abandoned, Michael and his friends stumble through their twenties, until the restlessness of the fathers blooms in them, threatening to carry them away.

"Please Don't Come Back From the Moon is a terrific novel--deeply original, smart, funny and heartbreaking . . . It's a story for all of us--sons and wives and daughters, too, of the missing, the disappeared, the men on the moon."--Buffalo News

"A graceful debut . . . Something about [Michael's] earnestness and the hopelessness of it nearly broke my heart."--Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press

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

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

1 please don't come back from the moon................................1

2 some memories of my father..........................................27

3 summer, 1992........................................................33

4 the calming effect of jelly doughnuts...............................51

5 a newcomer's guide to ann arbor.....................................75

6 the boy with the backward chakra....................................79

7 capable of love.....................................................141

8 knights of labor....................................................145

9 the warning signs and symptoms of depression........................199

10 please don't come back from the moon (reprise).....................231

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156031677
Author:
Bakopoulos, Dean
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Runaway husbands
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Michigan
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.6 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 288 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156031677 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[W]hat could have been just another whiny, blaming, prototypical parents-they-mess-you-up-style novel is instead something far more haunting and interesting....By deftly welding magic realism with social satire, Bakopoulos captures the dark side of the working-class dream."
"Review" by , "Both realistic and fantastic, heartfelt and objective, this first novel is recommended."
"Review" by , "[M]arvelous....A dazzling debut that's both earthy and anguished as hope battles despair, with heartbreak always just below the surface."
"Synopsis" by ,
"By deftly welding magic realism with social satire, Bakopoulos captures the dark side of the working-class dream."--The New York Times Book Review

The year Michael Smolij turns seventeen, the men vanish from the blue-collar neighborhood outside Detroit where their fathers before them 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." Unable to leave the neighborhood where they have been abandoned, Michael and his friends stumble through their twenties, until the restlessness of the fathers blooms in them, threatening to carry them away.

"Please Don't Come Back From the Moon is a terrific novel--deeply original, smart, funny and heartbreaking . . . It's a story for all of us--sons and wives and daughters, too, of the missing, the disappeared, the men on the moon."--Buffalo News

"A graceful debut . . . Something about [Michael's] earnestness and the hopelessness of it nearly broke my heart."--Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press

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

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