Please Don't Come Back from the Moon

Please Don t Come Back from the Moon The summer Michael Smolij turns sixteen his father disappears One by one other men also vanish from the blue collar neighborhood outside Detroit where their fathers before them had lived raised fami

  • Title: Please Don't Come Back from the Moon
  • Author: Dean Bakopoulos
  • ISBN: 9780151011353
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The summer Michael Smolij turns sixteen, his father disappears One by one other men also vanish from the blue collar neighborhood outside Detroit where their fathers before them had lived, raised families, and, in a promising era, worked One man props open the door to his shoe store and leaves a note I m going to the moon, it reads I took the cash The wives drThe summer Michael Smolij turns sixteen, his father disappears One by one other men also vanish from the blue collar neighborhood outside Detroit where their fathers before them had lived, raised families, and, in a promising era, worked One man props open the door to his shoe store and leaves a note I m going to the moon, it reads I took the cash The 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 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 away.This is a haunting, unforgettable debut novel for anyone who has ever been left longing.
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    • Adrian Stumpp says:

      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 gets thrown around too much these days, which is pitiable, because it is an awesome term. It describes its particular "ism" farm more accurately than most. However, it gets attached to a lot of things that don't qu [...]

    • Ami says:

      This book was a gift from a very lovely woman at Harcourt, who interviewed me for a position in the publicity department well above my level. It became quite clear--approximately fourteen seconds into the interview--that I wasn't quite right for the gig, 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 for me. It was well worth the wait, and a gesture that [...]

    • Robert Kristoffersen says:

      When 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 [...]

    • Erin Gray says:

      I really enjoy when certain aspects of a story are left open for personal interpretation. This book has that element and so much more. There are layers of lightness and darkness, and the storytelling is both easy, yet heavy. I have no idea how to adequately review this book expect to say I loved it.

    • Melanie says:

      I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. This books definitely gets points in my opinion for originality and uniqueness. I've definitely never read anything like this. This was a coming-of-age story in which the young men of a Michigan town struggle after their father's vanish or "go to the moon." There is a sense of mystery about the "moon" if the fathers are really on the moon, or where they could be. But there is a very realistic, disturbing pull these young men feel as they have their own families [...]

    • J. says:

      This is the story of what happens to abandoned children after they grow up. As expected they make for themselves unstable lives, more so while going through the economic depression which compelled their fathers to leave. Without guidance or direction, these youth end up making costly mistakes, and (for the most part) they end up staying in the same poor, run-down neighborhoods where they grew up. And in the end they become as prone to abandon their own families as their fathers did before them, [...]

    • Amanda says:

      More accurately 3.5.Set in Maple Rock, a fictional Ukrainian working-class suburb of Detroit, where one year all of the fathers in town went to the moon. Narrated by the son of one of the fathers, sixteen at the time his father disappeared, the book spans the subsequent decade as Mikey grows into a restless manhood. There is hope that he'll escape the fate of this father -- both the reasons he went to the moon, and the moon itself. Much of the story is set in and around Detroit and Ann Arbor, wh [...]

    • Cathy Day says:

      I was really enchanted by this book. Structurally, it reminds of the work of Stuart Dybek, esp. I Sailed with Magellan. Each chapter is really a short story, but they are ordered chronologically, so it can be read like a very loose novel. It's book I think anyone trying to make the jump from story writing to novel writing should check out.

    • Miko Lee says:

      Disappointed by this book about a small town near Detroit where the dads keep disappearing. Comments made said it had air of magical realism and I didn't get this as all. I didn't much like the less character of Michael who just keeps stumbling through and letting life happen to him.

    • Becky says:

      I'm at 53%, thinking it's got to be coming to the end. I'm bored. To me this story is so drawn out, not a terrible plot but just so slow. I have to give up on it.

    • Margaret Carmel says:

      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 [...]

    • Luke Perkes says:

      I give it a 3.5. I just enjoyed the story. It left me with questions which isn't always a bad thing. It also left me depressed and full of nostalgia. Read it if you think you're ready for it.

    • Julii Pereyra says:

      Es un libro que me paso por encima sin dejarme nada,no se si era yo o simplemente no era el libro para mi me decepciona un poco cuando eso pasa.

    • Steve Lozon says:

      If you grew up in Macomb county, downriver, or in Detroit city, this book will shatter you. For those who didn't, it is still a crisp read.

    • Hay says:

      Talk about a dissatisfying ending.The premise is cool enough: all the fathers in the town of Maple Rock somehow disappear at the same time. What's even more interesting is that they claim that they've 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 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 friend [...]

    • Anasylvia says:

      Please Don’t Come Back From the Moon is a coming of age story about breaking familial cycles and facing our own loneliness.Michael the protagonist lives in the small working class suburb of Detroit, Maple Rock. The town is inconsequential and is just like any other town except that all of the men have gone to the “moon.” At least that is what Michael and the town call the random voluntary disappearances of their fathers and husbands. Michael and his friends grow up around the gaping hole t [...]

    • DerekHansen says:

      There's a feeling one gets when they realize they're checking the headlights of every car that turns into their parking lot, when they wonder what it is that the person who has left is doing, or when they wonder if that person has figured out how to love again. How it alternates like some sort of defunct power plant from I wish they would come back to I wish they wouldn't and back and then it all becomes a moot point because they won't and aren't and don't want to. "Please Don't Come Back from t [...]

    • Bookbeaver says:

      I'm not really sure how much I liked/enjoyed this book. It's an interesting conceit to build off of - fathers disappearing, apparently to the moon (or somewhere) - and how that loss lingers throughout the lives of the sons left behind. At times there are conversations directed at the missing fathers, trying, I suppose, to keep them in the literary loop. I have to give points for coming up with this and working through it. Whether or not you by into it, or how much you do, will then play into how [...]

    • Abigail Tarttelin says:

      Beautiful, accurate, frank book about the cloying feeling of being half-conscious in your own life, of looking at everything through an unwashed pane of glass and realising that while the cast might change over the years the scenery is, in fact, the same. The year Michael Smolij turns 19, his father, and all the fathers in his blue-collar 'burb of Detroit, disappear. Myth has it, they've gone to the moon. As the years pass, the economy continues to run the gamut from crap to awful, and Mikey and [...]

    • Mary says:

      Highly recommended to people who like The Virgin Suicides. A lot of aspects of Please Don't Come Back from the Moon reminded me of Eugenides's book. Though I guess this is more the movie version of The Virgin Suicides than the book, both stories are set in Detroit suburbs -- Eugenides's in the 1970's and Bakopoulos's in the 1990's. Both books at times use first person plural narration, which I love reading and think always lends a great air to the storytelling. Moreover, the prose of Please Don' [...]

    • William Crosby says:

      One of the reviews mentioned "magic realism" and I thought of 1Q84 which I liked a lot and Stone Raft which was okay. So I thought I'd try it for that reason, plus it was also written by a now local college professor. Except that this is more of a slice of life, coming of age gritty realism depressing book. Not my type of genre (that and the Romance genre--yech). Hence the low rating from me. Maybe this is a greatly written book, but the genre overwhelmed me. I did manage to finish the book, but [...]

    • Karen says:

      Dean Bakopoulos's debut novel, Please Don't Come Back From the Moon, starts off on a surreal note. In the opening chapter, the author describes a Blue-collar neighborhood in Detroit where the fathers of the community start disappearing, many using the phrase "I've gone to the moon" to make their escape. After this first chapter, however, this novel drifts away from the surrealism and moves into the gritty world of the unemployed Rust Belt where mothers are forced to take on the roles of the vani [...]

    • Melanie says:

      I can't recommend this without a warning-- so there it is! Don't pick this up if you want an entertaining squeaky clean read. I picked this up because I stumbled across it at a used book store, and had flashbacks of high school and Dean's name scrawled in hearts on every notebook I owned my sophomore year. There's a Michigan loyalty I think as well, I would have read & bought a book written by a local just out of hometown pride. The themes of this book are thought-provoking and raw. Michael' [...]

    • Wileyacez says:

      The book is about the fallout when an entire neighborhood of fathers disappears. The main character, Mikey, and his two best friends, Nick and Tom, are in their late teens when this happens. The plot follows how their lives are shaped by this inexplicable abandonment right up to the point where their own lives closely mirror their departed fathers' lives. The tale is told in lyrical vignettes, each one exploring a new phase in the characters' lives. I loved the setting (Detroit, Ann Arbor, and e [...]

    • Shelley says:

      This book was a total bummer of a story to read, yet hopeful at the same time. I don't have the words to do this book justice it's that good and packs a ton into the 270 pages. This is the story of a group of fathers who all pick up and disappear and leave notes for their families saying they went to the moon. The aftermath of those departures is almost hard to read, but it's such a compelling story with beautiful haunting prose. Here's another author who perfectly captures life in the Midwest a [...]

    • Jenni says:

      I teach at the high school that Bakopoulos attended and heard about his book through other staff members who had read it. It was exciting to read a book where I recognized many of the locations, street names, malls, etc not to mention the people in the acknowledgments. It reminded me a great deal of Jeffrey Eugenides' work in that respect; I felt intimately familiar with the characters and setting, despite the fictional nature of the storyline. For me, I found the main character compelling and r [...]

    • Dawn says:

      Set in an Eastern European ethnic neighborhood somewhere near Detroit called "Maple Rock" (read Hamtramak) the story begins with the disappearance of a couple dozen fathers from this blue collar community. The young sons grow up believing their fathers all "went to the moon" based on a note one of the father's left behind. The young men grow up but never leave the neighborhood and eventually become family men themselves, still struggling, still living in the homes their fathers' left. Haunting, [...]

    • Linda Day says:

      Let's see why did I read this book ? Oh, I know. I heard the author was a local kid, that he used local streets and parks in the story about his made-up town, Maple Rock. I heard the book had won some award and some praise including high marks from respected reviewers. Praise and high marks for "use of the "f" word most frequently on a single page" is the mark I would give it. The storyline and it's effect on the characters is interesting making it an evaluation of absent fathers and their effe [...]

    • Shek says:

      I'd be lying if I said I thought this was a perfect book, but I do think that it is exactly the kind of book that needs to be more widely read (based on the jacket quotes, it could hardly have been more praised, or I'd say that, too). It moves, it has believable characters with understandable motivations, it's a pleasure to read, and it doesn't try to draw attention to its writing style or stand on one leg pontificating about some high falutin academic bullshit. It's effortless in its storytelli [...]

    • Bill says:

      I really enjoyed reading this book. Which is perhaps the best you can ask of anything. Of course, it was set in Michigan, concerned a bunch of guys who talk like me, and featured all of my old friends, or some version of them. So I could be biased.Thanks to Knickers who lent this book to me. She's a great lady. But she's in Wisconsin, so she can't have it back because the post office is taking a nine month furlough on a account of the lagging economy. Who wants it next? Jeremy? You have to read [...]

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