When I was sixteen, my father went to the moon. When Michael was sixteen his father left home. He wasn't the first to go. One by one other men in the blue-collar neighbourhood outside Detroit where Michael lives vanish.
One props open the door to his shoe store and leaves a note. 'I'm going to the moon,' it reads, 'I took all the cash'.
The wives are left behind, and with few jobs and fewer opportunities they drink, brawl, sleep around, and gradually make new lives knowing their husbands are never coming back.
Michael and his friends grow up. They try to get an education, start their first jobs, fall in love and begin to build families of their own.
Until one night the restlessness of their fathers blooms in them, threatening to carry them away.
This is a haunting, unforgettable debut novel of fathers and sons, and of growing up the hard way.
Shot through with magic and brimming with humanity, it is a novel for anyone who has even been left longing.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/02/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552773171
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Review by sanddancer
In a working class neighbourhood near Detroit, the men become disaffected with their lives and disappear, leaving behind notes saying they have gone to the moon. The book is narrated by Michael, who is 16 when his father leaves. Much of the book is just him going about his life, work, education and relationships and in the background are references to changes in President and this idea that men may have gone to live in the moon. It is a simple story but there was something in the wistful tone of it that reallyspoke to me.This is the author's first and so far only novel, but I hope there is another novel on the way soon.