by Dean Bakopoulos - £9.99 Transworld Publishers Ltd (2017)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781784162276 | ISBN 10: 1784162272
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.
Please Don't Come Back from the Moon is funny, sad, moving and smart. It shines a light inside George W. Bush's United States and shows us the flipside of the American dream.
"A pitch-perfect debut by a fine young novelist. Dean Bakopoulos makes his indelible mark on the coming-of-age novel."
(Robert Olen Butler)
(Price & availability last checked: May 2018)