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Man in the Blue Moon

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“He’s a gambler at best. A con artist at worst,” her aunt had said of the handlebar-mustached man who snatched Ella Wallace away from her dreams of studying art in France. Eighteen years later, that man has disappeared, leaving Ella alone and struggling to support her three sons. While the world is embroiled in World War I, Ella fights her own personal battle to keep the mystical Florida land that has been in her family for generations from the hands of an unscrupulous banker. When a mysterious man arrives at Ella’s door in an unconventional way, he convinces her he can help her avoid foreclosure, and a tenuous trust begins. But as the fight for Ella’s land intensifies, it becomes evident that things are not as they appear. Hypocrisy and murder soon shake the coastal town of Apalachicola and jeopardize Ella’s family.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 02, 2012 – Morris (Slow Way Home) has crafted a magical and mesmerizing page-turner rooted in hardscrabble Florida during WWI, based in part on a true family story. Ella Wallace is scrambling to keep her three sons and herself from the poorhouse after her opium-addicted husband vanishes. She owns a piece of land that reptilian banker Clive Gillespie, a spurned former suitor, would love to have, and he has leverage in the form of a mortgage on the property. But Ella finds an unexpected ally in her husband s cousin Lanier Stillis, who arrives in unorthodox fashion and has some unusual talents, and the two collaborate until Lanier s past catches up with him in a Shakespearean blaze of climactic action. Morris s narrative is subtle and supple, with overtones of the wry Southernisms of Flannery O Connor, the rural Florida backdrop of Their Eyes Were Watching God, and a good helping of powerful and mysterious faith. Book clubs should devour this rich, carefully observed mix of characters, time, and place; Morris deserves to break out of the regional-writer box.

Customer Reviews

Man in the Blue Moon

Conroy, was right this was a beautifully written story. The images jumped from each page, and I couldn't wait to finish.

Man in the Blue Moon

Well done, Man from Perry. So very like the South.

Man in the Blue Moon

This story has a different take on American life during WW1, filled with realist, albeit Southern characters, the people and place make a lasting impression of small town life and relationships in western Florida. This is well contrasted with life in New Orleans at the time. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep readers interested. And don't think for a second that what you read isn't realistic. Take it from a Southerner, you may very well find the same stories in the small towns of today's South.

Man in the Blue Moon
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Aug 17, 2012
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  • Seller: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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