Free read Please Don't Come Back from the MoonThe father s spontaneously leaving When I started the book I was xpecting this to be the Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets entire plot but by thend 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 grow 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 Electromyography for Experimentalists economy One of my favorite themes of this book is how different characters choose to cope with the situation and how to fight thexistential dread of waking up Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 every day caring for your family and working a job that doesn t paynough This is a problem that afflicts many people in our country but I think this book does a great job of showing how the shame of not being able to have a stable career like previous generations 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 grow older Even though Michael and his friends got together regularly they barely ver talked about their problems and instead drowned their anxieties in alcohol and insulting ach 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 Work In Dearborni work in dearborn the street from the mall with the book nook and old sub shop it s not safe to go 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 marketed as Magic Realism It is not Magic Realism not ven if you have a rediculously liberal idea of what that term means It is social realism that xplores the power of the main characters personal mythology concerning his absent father Magic realism is a term that gets #thrown around too much these days which is pitiable because it is an awesome term It describes its particular ism farm # around too much these days which is pitiable because it is an awesome term It describes its particular ism farm than most However it gets attached to a lot of things that don t ualify This book for Wicked Loving Lies 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 Thesevents are literal 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 La heredera del mar events They are metaphoricalven 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 Bakopoulos 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. 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. Talk about a dissatisfying ndingThe premise is cool nough all the fathers in
the town of Maple Rock somehow disappear at the same time What stown of Maple Rock somehow disappear at #the same time What s interesting is that they claim that they ve gone to the #same time What s interesting is that they claim that they ve gone to the 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 had gone to the moon Instead of getting clarification about this incident that happened when Michael was a young boy and how he and his friends dealt with that situation instead we 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 ver While his descriptions of familiar places in Michigan were great to read I m a Michigander this is literally the only reason I m 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 I guess 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 x lover from high school Sonya his older lover Holly and ven his final flame Ella There is a part in the book where Michael gets 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 give him a poor 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 onlya relationship with Michael any She only when she becomes the love interest for his best friend and nds 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 completely get over her son s death very uickly and then falls into this predictable side relationship with Michael While she chants about Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One 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 noffort to find a solution to his situation When Holly runs off with this newfound freedom Michael sits ungratefully in his inherited for FREE home like a lost puppy dog before he throws up his hands and gets a job at the new mall Here we meet Ella a young single mom who works at the mall with Michael and Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) every Wednesday participates in a bikini model contest for uick cash The banter between the two upon their first meeting wasntertaining and it seemed as though Ella would take advantage of Michael s infatuation with her so she could get 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 aside 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 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 ra lived One man props open the door to his. .
Ith them possibly pulling what their father s did and disappearing to the moon I wish that would ve happened It would ve 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 nd 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 Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time even his best friend s father s fateThis could have been the coolest storyver 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 ven cooler to see ifto why It would have been ven cooler to see if sons of these men were to have reunited with them on the moon and got an Forgetful of Their Sex 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 really liked the original concept of the book and Injoyed the way that the writing flowed I just could not get over how the secondary characters had a chance to be fulfilling than our main character and then they all just
away leaving confused and a little agitated once I d finished the book 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 Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing even farther from the pack though is its touch of magical realism The book begins with an unlikelyvent the mass xodus of dozens of fathers from a working class Detroit neighborhood in the span of a few weeks One of them claims to be going to the moon and the phrase sticks in their minds of the neighborhood s teenage children who grow up into rough dged 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 goes 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 Walled (The Line, 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 crappyconomy really worth living Add in Bakopoulos s top notch writing and you have a book rich in xcellent images and thought provoking lines I ll be re reading this one for sure 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. Shoe Wisconsin store and leaves a note I'm going to the moon it reads I took the cash The abandoned 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.faded away leaving