Please Donít Come Back From The Moon by Dean Bakopoulos Buy book: $10.63
In this haunting debut novel, Michael Smolij and his friends are unable to leave the blue-collar Detroit neighborhoods abandoned by their fathers. They stumble through their teens into their 20s until the restlessness of the fathers blooms in them, threatening to carry them away.
I do believe this is going to be a great read. The style is nice, smooth and not too complicated. I am really excited about this one. I just love it when a book grabs you in the first few paragraphs, now that is a style of a good writer. I am going to stay here and find out more.
Never heard of this writer but he has my interest. I want to know where this is going. And with some of the Monday starters I don't continue through the rest of the week. With this I will be sure to read and maybe end up going to the library to get the book and read all of it. Good start.
Wasn't sure 'til today, but now am into this book - am puzzled tho' as to why the priest left - did not think priests were dependent on the local community's offerings for their existence - thought it came from above and beyond their local parish - someone care to enlighten me? - or perhaps the general depression of the people and the area got to him as well - ?? -
Hi Doris, I apologize for going off-topic here but do you remember the name of the recent (fiction?) book about the coal mining town? I am so upset about the accident in WVA and it's gotten me thinking of this book and wishing now I'd jotted down the name and author. Thanks!
Oh,as far as your question today: I think a diocesan priest gets a small stipend from the diocese but does also depend on local offerings and a priest from a specific order (i.e. Jesuit, Franciscan etc) would get their stipend from their order but also depend on locak collections. Correct me if I'm wrong anybody!
eLIZabeth, first book that came to mind was "Dear Senator" that was just recently in the club (non fiction) in that she was brought up I believe in a mining town, but that was really not the gist of the story - However, in the responses to that book, someone mentioned "Baker's Towers" (fiction) by Jennifer Haigh (Oct. 7) also taking place in a Pennsylvania mining town - that sounds more like what you are referring to - hope it is the one -
Have any of you heard of the children's book by Eric Carle "Papa Please Get The Moon For Me"? That's immediately what I thought of when I heard the title of this week's book and read it was about fathers leaving. Anyways, it seems really good so far. I can't wait to get further into it.
I have only read the first 2 days of this selection, but, living in Michigan it hits too close to present day happenings! People in Michigan are experiencing terrible times - lost jobs - old time businesses having to close down after being in our lives almost forever... moving to other states to find work - like "going to the moon"...
I would like the world to know what is happening in our beautiful state - the economy is definitely NOT improving here... we are sinking into a deep depression!
I didn't mean to preach - this is a very unusal book and I can hardly wait to read the entire selection and maybe secure the actual book from our local library.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
This is so much sadness that I want to get a tissue .
January 4 2006, 2:29 PM
I am totally involved now. I am going to go pick this book up from the library this afternoon. As far as the economy goes the same goes for Oregon. I can't see it getting any better. There does not seem to be any boom that I can tell.
My only thought so far is how far will this go? Will there be no more men folk left in this small town? Now you have me hook, line, and sinker. I must read this book too. I just finished the Ameuture Marriage by Anne Tyler and I loved every page of it too.
Don't know what part of Oregon you are living in, but where I am we're having one of the biggest booms we've ever seen. In fact, I just heard that Oregon is the #1 state for influx of residents. Must be something here that's attracting them. And it's not low taxes.
This is going to be a great book, I think. I have a copy and am a little ahead of the daily posts. Can't figure out just exactly where it is going, but I'm along for the ride!
I rushed out and bought it today and so far it's still really good! I hope it continues to be a great book.
PS: I've never bought a book that we have read on this site, just rented from the library. Hope I love my investment!
I am rather new to the book club and did not expect to find such interesting readings. The end of the first chapter was a grabber! I really have to read the rest of this book. I told several friends about dearreader. What a great way to spend these cold winter evenings. Thank you.