E–book (Please Don't Come Back from the Moon) author Dean Bakopoulos

Charlie the Caterpillar gWhen you hold Please Don t Come Back from the Moon in your hands you know you re holding something different The premise alone has the ability to off put nearly all who read it but what Dean Bakopoulos does with it is incredible He creates a surreal world where fathers pick up and leave their families headed for the moon as most of their letters read They re never seen again never heard from again They fall off the earth What s left then The people left behind to pick up the pieces and carry on In many ways the Moon is like a down to earth version of Robert Charles Wilson s The Harvest The themes are completely original just how much of a mark our parents leave on us How much our inner mythology is built in the people who create us A magical realist idea becomes social realism as Michael Smolij and his friends navigate a familiar but alien territory in a suburban town in Detroit I love this novel It found me at a time in my life when I needed it and no other novel has affected me like this one has That s why it s my favorite THERE IS A SPOILER IN THIS REVIEW ALSO SORRY I M USING GOODREADS AS A JOURNAL IT IS LATE AND I HAVE FEELINGS AND THIS PLATFORM FEELS KIND OF SAFE IN SOME WAYAccording to U M English Department lore Dean Bakopoulos s subcon thesis was entitled Please Don t Come Back From the MoonTherein lies my only complaint about this book It prevented me from working on my ownoddamn thesis for days Because the fucking protagonist is so fucking flawed and earnest it actually hurts and I loved him and rooted for him and was devastated for him and I haven t read a book in SO LONG that managed to inject so much dang humanity into a characterAlso someone please let me managed to inject so much dang humanity into a characterAlso someone please let me why the New York Times called this magical realism That s actually crazy to me like sure there s some dream imagery but let s not et carried away and start calling every wacky thing we read magical realism Anyways I m sad I m sad this book is over and that there aren t books like it and I m sad for Michael the protagonist I m sad for all of the men in this story who thought their dads were on the moon because went to the moon is palatable than moved to Illinois and every reader knows that I m sad for the dads who left because by some work of ACTUAL magic or just pure enius Bakopoulos made me feel that too This book was a Pure Land Buddhism in Modern Japanese Culture gift from a very lovely woman at Harcourt who interviewed me for a position in the publicity department well above my level It became uite clear approximately fourteen seconds into the interview that I wasn t uite right for theig and that I only half heartedly wanted the job anyway 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 f I wait in reception so that she could find a copy of this book f I enjoy when certain aspects of a story are left open for personal interpretation This book has that element and so much There are layers of lightness and darkness and the storytelling is both easy yet heavy I have no idea how to adeuately review this book expect to say I loved it A fantastic read I could barely put it down Poignant and beautiful This book was marketed as Magic Realism It is not Magic Realism not even if you have a rediculously liberal idea of what that term means It is social realism that explores the power of the main characters personal mythology concerning his absent father Magic realism is a term that ets thrown around too much these days which is pitiable because it is an awesome term It describes its particular ism farm accurately than most However it ets attached to a lot of things that don t ualify This book for example A brief definition sorry to rant In magic realism fabulous things literally happen but they are not treated by the narrative as such Narrative authority refuses to justify the inexplicable These events are not treated by the narrative as such Narrative authority refuses to justify the inexplicable These events are in the context of the story and the reader is asked to accept them as such In this book the fabulous things are not literal events They are metaphorical even in context That said it s still a very readable book I would recommend to most of my friends Especially the female ones Bakopoulos creates characters who are both real and likeable without being Lowest Common Denominators as is the case with most contemporary fiction overly concerned with characters to whom the reader can relate The situations are compelling and the pace is pitch perfect Bakopo. The summer Michael Smolij turns seventeen his father disappears One by one other men also vanish from outside Detroit where their fathers before them had lived raised families and in a promising era lived One man props open the door to his. ,


Please Don't Come Back from the Moon

Dean Bakopoulos ß 7 review

Ds dealt with that situation instead we Traditions Of Maimonideanism (Ijs Studies In Judaica) get the lowdown of what is happening in Miserable Mikey s life I have to say that I couldn t help but feel that Michael was probably the poorest narrator ever While his descriptions of familiar places in Michigan werereat to read I m a Michigander this is literally the only reason I m Kemilau Cinta - Brighter Than the Sun giving this book two stars it couldn t help with his character is a whole If the author wanted to put across a character that was completely distant then Iuess he checked that off his list It s sad to say that the main character was not the interesting part of the story but rather his best friend Nick his ex lover from high school Sonya his older lover Holly and even his final flame Ella There is a part in the book where Michael ets feedback on one of the stories that he writes for his community college creative writing class he wanted to be a writer at one point and the professor says something like flat female characters and thus ive him a poor Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War grade on the assignment That part I find funny since the common could almost be applied to the female characters in this book Sonya is depicted in a slight negative light because she wants than what Maple Rock has to offer her so now she comes off as shallow when she doesn t want to be in a relationship with Michael any She only reappears when she becomes the love interest for his best friend and ends up being knocked up with his baby ultimately marrying Nick Holly the woman whose son died under Michael s watch as a lifeguard one summer seems to completelyet over her son s death very uickly and then falls into this predictable side relationship with Michael While she chants about energies and chakras Holly only seems to be relevant in the sense that she pushes Michael to start thinking about doing something with his life Even then he still whines about his predicament while making no effort to find a solution to his situation When Holly runs off with predicament while making no effort to find a solution to his situation When Holly runs off with newfound freedom Michael sits ungratefully in his inherited for FREE home like a lost puppy dog before he throws up his hands and A Silent Ocean Away: Colette's Dominion gets a job at the new mall Here we meet Ella a young single mom who works at the mall with Michael and every Wednesday participates in a bikini model contest for uick cash The banter between the two upon their first meeting was entertaining and it seemed as though Ella would take advantage of Michael s infatuation with her so she couldet a babysitter While this happens somehow in the midst of things Michael and Ella s son bond over pizza and the foundation of their first interaction she finds Michael annoying is cast Ella s son bond over pizza and the foundation of their first interaction she finds Michael annoying is cast with some faux inner struggle and then suddenly they re married with kids It s unbelievable Then the situation sounds familiar doesn t it Suddenly all these Maple Rock boys are men with families now and we are presented with a full circle type of plot with them possibly pulling what their father s did and disappearing to the moon I wish that would ve happened It would ve The Magic Question given me a little bit of satisfaction if that was the route that the author would have taken Instead Nick is the only one to disappear after the boys mysteriously end up meeting in the parking lot of the bar they used to freuent After that Tom another friend of Michael s has learned of his father s reappearance and death in Illinois Tom s father is the only one of the original disappearing moon crew who we learned of their fate Note not our narrator s or even his best friend s father s fateThis could have been the coolest story ever if we learned what had happened with the original crew of fathers I really like the idea of them just suddenly floating to the moonif I had a proper reason as to why It would have been even cooler to see if the sons of these men were to have reunited with them on the moon andot an explanation Not to mention I think there s an inconsistency with what happens with men floating to the moon seeing as in the original crew they all were in Maple Rock and disappeared Their sons were in different cities and yet were called to look at the moon in that parking lot I sons were in different cities and yet were called to look at the moon in that parking lot I liked the original concept of the book and I enjoyed the way that the writing flowed I just could not et over how the secondary characters had a chance to be fulfilling than our main character and then they all just faded away leaving me confused and a little agitated once I d finished the book. 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 aw. ,

Ulos also manages to confront some uncomfortable contemporary political realities without alienating his audiences something that seems to be rarely attempted and accomplished rarer still Read this book i work in dearborn across the street from the mall with the book nook and old sub shop it s not safe to o there as a young woman there ve been countless rumors of sex trafficking regardless JOSIE TOLIN WHEN YOU SEE THIS CALL ME WE NEED TO TALK This book was a pleasant surprise The back cover of Please Don t Come Back from the Moon makes it seem like this is the story of a small suburban town outside of Detroit and all of the father s spontaneously leaving When I started the book I was expecting this to be the entire plot but by the end of the first chapter all of the father s have left and the wives and their children are left to fend for themselves That is the beginning of the real story Over the course of these almost 300 pages Bakopoulos follows Michael and his friends through their adolescence and their 20s as they row up fall in love find jobs and struggle to find their own way in the world in the shadow of their own father s departures As the characters age and develop Please Don t Come Back from the Moon shows itself to be a wonderful coming of age story about the complexity of coming of age as a man in a blue color community during a declining economy One of the complexity of coming of age as a man in a blue color community during a declining economy One of favorite themes of this book is how different characters choose to cope with the situation and how to fight the existential dread of waking up every day caring for your family and working a job that doesn t pay enough This Is A Problem That Afflicts a problem that afflicts people in our country but I think this book does a reat job of showing how the shame of not being able to have a stable career like previous enerations is a stigma that uniuely affects blue color men Bakopoulos also tackles the topic of mental illness in men and how they become increasingly isolated as they row older Even though Michael and his friends ot together regularly they barely ever talked about their problems and instead drowned their anxieties in alcohol and insulting each other This is one of the better books i ve read that talks about the issues men face in our society today I recommend it I m a sucker for well written books highlighting mediocre lives and this is one of them What makes Please Don t Come Back from the Moon stand out even farther from the pack though is its touch of magical realism The book begins with an unlikely event its touch of magical realism The book begins with an unlikely event mass exodus of dozens of fathers from a working class Detroit neighborhood in the span of a few weeks One of them claims to be oing to the moon and the phrase sticks in their minds of the neighborhood s teenage children who row up into rough edged violent teens and then a brotherhood of disappointed men The book follows one of those kids Mikey through years of awkwardness alcoholism and depression as he struggles to figure out who and what he wants to be The collective absence of the fathers colors all of it and Mikey often speaks directly to them as though the fathers are the readers As time oes on and Mikey becomes a father himself he and his friends start to feel the pull of the moon too which is where the bits of magic maybe real maybe imagined come in When one of the fathers finally resurfaces surprising the whole neighborhood it sets up an unexpected and ambiguous ending It also finally brings the book s title into focus making it clear that while all of the boys want their fathers back in the abstract they don t really want them to return and break the moon illusion After all who are they without that absence And is life without any magic particularly as a blue collar provider in a crappy economy really worth living Add in Bakopoulos s top notch writing and you have a book rich in excellent images and thought provoking lines I ll be re reading this one for sure Talk about a dissatisfying endingThe premise is cool enough all the fathers in the town of Maple Rock somehow disappear at the same time What s even interesting is that they claim that they ve Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character gone to the moon We don t hear much about what happens to them via the narrator save for some bits and pieces that seem to be directed at his father who hadone to the moon Instead of Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences getting clarification about this incident that happened when Michael was a young boy and how he and his frien. Shoe Wisconsin store and leaves a note I'moing to the moon it reads I took the cash The abandoned wives drink brawl and sleep around Anaphora and Conceptual Structure gradually settling down to make new lives and shaking off the belief in an American dream that like their.