Saturday, March 9, 2013

Please Don't Come Back from the Moon by Dean Bakopoulus

Synopsis: A good example of American magical realism, this is the story of a factory-dependent suburb of Detroit where the jobless adult males begin disappearing one by one until they've all left. The remaining women and children refer to the men as having gone to the moon and learn to reorder their lives without husbands and fathers. The desertions have a devastating affect on the male youth who must become men much too quickly and without examples of any kind.

Analysis: I found the book depressingly accurate in its portrayal of the Michigan economy, yet too unstructured to be really captivating.

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