Man in the Moon by Dotti Enderle. Reviewed by Paeony Lewis
I'm often wary of reviewing books written by friends. For me the book has to be particularly accomplished because
otherwise I’m plagued with misgivings. I worry that I'm wearing
rose-tinted spectacles. Am I overlooking faults because I know the angst and
sweat that went into the book? Or is it the opposite? Can I be too critical?
So this is the first time on the Awfully Big Reviews Blog
that I’ve reviewed a book written by a friend. It’s a favourite and deserves to
be known in the UK. Man in the Moon by Dotti Enderle is what the Americans
term a ‘mid grade’ (ages 8-12), although in this case it’s more suitable for confident
readers aged ten and over (and adults too).
The cover illustration of Man in the Moon may hint at cool
evening breezes, but the pages ooze with the dusty heat of a relentless Texan
summer. Set in 1961, this short, chatty and poetic story is told from Janine's
point of view and you can hear her drawl. She’s a young girl trapped in a life
of rural poverty on an isolated Texan farmstead. Janine makes the most of her
small world and is not unloved, but an unemployed father, an anxious mother and
seriously sick brother stifle her hopes for a better future.
When it seems as though all life has been sucked dry by the
heat, illness and poverty, a shabby man appears. The mysterious Mr Lunas intrudes
on family life and is a catalyst for change. Like the moon, Mr Lunas waxes and
wanes, until a new moon brings new hope. Is it magic? A miracle? Or a series of
coincidences? Readers are allowed to form their own conclusions
This is a novel told to us by a child who has a rich and naïve
awareness of words. However, all she knows is what she experiences in her tiny
corner of Texas or sees on TV. Thus sometimes the reader must read between the
I can’t make up my mind what appeals most to me about this
story. Is it the whisper of quiet magic that runs through the tale? Or is it the
evocative reality of a rural Texas childhood from the 1960s? It’s a life the
author knows intimately. A while back, when telling me about her childhood and
games, Dotti wrote:
live on a farm for about a year when I was eight. That's the farm I had in mind
when I wrote the book. And we even had that old abandoned flatbed truck piled
with junk nearby. We found an ancient wooden leg (complete with leather foot),
but unlike Janine, my mother let us bring it into the yard, and we played with
it for months. We named it Charlie."
Man in the Moon has
won awards within the state of Texas and deserves wider readership. And I’m not saying that because the author is a friend. Honest!
And here’s a short excerpt from the very start of the novel:
I sat in the shadows of my bedroom, staring through the
window screen. Except for an occasional lightning bug twinkling by, the night
was black as molasses, and the air as thick. I prayed for just one breeze to
blow through and cool the sweat on my face. But everything was still – dead still
– like right before a storm.
… That’s when something moved in the cornfield. I heard it,
just on the other side of the chicken coop…
Man in the Moon by Dotti Enderle
Return to REVIEWS HOMEPAGE
Originally published by Delacorte Press in the US, 2008. Also available on Kindle.
Agree about it being hard to recommend the book of someone you know - but Man in the Moon sounds a magical and - as you say - evocative story! (Have seen Dotti's name around but was never sure if it was a pen-name.)
Thanks, Penny. Yes, Dotti is real! And she is even descended from Mark Twain.
Hello I'm so happy sharing this, I still can’t thank you enough powerful Priest Elijah, My husband left for a younger lady because i was unable to give birth due to PCOS,I was so devastated i was lonely i cried a lot i even tried taking my life, Then my friend told me about this great man Priest Elijah who helped her made her marriage perfect, I also went online and did more research about him i was not too sure but i decided to give him a try he told me not to worry everything was going to be alright, He told me all i needed to pay which was a convenient fee and i did and he did his work and sent me video proof and told me to wait 24hrs that he will be back, The next morning to my greatest surprise it was Shawn my husband on his knees begging I'm so happy, It didn’t stop there, I'm proud to say that I'm 3 weeks pregnant thank you so much Priest Elijah I'm forever grateful contact him
WhatsApp him +2347054380994
i won the lottery and then people kept on asking me how did i do it, well yea there is a little secrete you all never knew about, i was able to win the 80.000.000 lottery with the help of Dr Dominion lottery winning spell, he gave me number to play and instructed me when to play the lottery and i did as he instructed, my dear friends getting rich is never by luck it's something we all have to work for, people have been playing same lottery for years now and have never won, we need to be on the right track to get what we want i am saying this here because i want the best for everyone, you can't win the lottery just like that you need to know exactly what to do, what to play and when to play this is a truth that no one will never tell you, if you want to win big my dear i advice you to talk to Dr Dominion let him guide you on what to do and how to do it with his lottery spell. you can try him
Welcome to the future! Financing made easy with Prof. Mrs. DOROTHY LOAN INVESTMENTS
Have you been looking for financing options for your new business plans, Are you seeking for a loan to expand your existing business, Do you find yourself in a bit of trouble with unpaid bills and you don’t know which way to go or where to turn to? Have you been turned down by your banks? MRS. DOROTHY LOAN INVESTMENTS says YES when your banks say NO. Contact us as we offer financial services at a low and affordable interest rate of 2% for long and short term loans. Interested applicants should contact us for further loan acquisition procedures via firstname.lastname@example.org
Services rendered include:
* Car Loan
* Home Loan
* Mortgage Loan
* Debt Consolidation Loan
* Farm Loan
* Business Loan [secure and unsecured]
* Personal Loan [secure and unsecured]
* Students Loan and so many others.
For more info; Contact us via Email: email@example.com
With Prof. Mrs. DOROTHY LOAN INVESTMENTS. you can say goodbye to all your financial crisis and difficulties as we are certified, trustworthy, reliable, efficient, fast and dynamic
Hello viewer am Albert mike from Kenya 30 years old am here to share my testimony on how i joined the brotherhood of illuminati.. four months back when i wanted to join the brotherhood i was scammed by fake agents and people pretending to be Grand Master use the website.. until i met a friend MR BERRY WARD who gave me the genuine procedures i followed and made me a member of the great brotherhood of illuminati. today i am living a good life and i have enough money to do all i ever wanted .if u are interested and u need the help of my Initiator Berry.send firstname.lastname@example.org
thanks Berry, am living the dream i will forever be grateful
Post a Comment