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Hunter's Moon

A Novel in Stories

by Philip Caputo

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Hunter's Moon by Philip Caputo
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2019
    288 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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From Philip Caputo--the author of A Rumor of War, The Longest Road, and Some Rise By Sin--comes a captivating mosaic of stories set in a small town where no act is private and the past is never really past.

Hunter's Moon is set in Michigan's wild, starkly beautiful Upper Peninsula, where a cast of recurring characters move into and out of each other's lives, building friendships, facing loss, confronting violence, trying to bury the past or seeking to unearth it. Once-a-year lovers, old high-school buddies on a hunting trip, a college professor and his wayward son, a middle-aged man and his grief-stricken father, come together, break apart, and, if they're fortunate, find a way forward.

Hunter's Moon offers an engaging, insightful look at everyday lives but also a fresh perspective on the way men navigate in today's world.

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"Probing deeply into the male psyche, Caputo confidently tackles subjects that include the sometimes-catastrophic price of failure, the relations between fathers and sons, and the emotional battles faced by returning combat veterans...Expertly blending plot and character, each of these taut, propulsive tales possesses novelistic depth." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Caputo's men cloak vulnerability with callousness, but his plots replace emotional growth with the shocks of violence. This collection will appeal to readers looking for a dramatic take on masculinity, though the stories blend together by the end." - Publishers Weekly

"Caputo expertly crafts his psychologically astute narratives to explore how fathers and sons, combat veterans, and old high-school pals attempt to navigate their own subtly complex emotional terrain to find peace, forgiveness, and hope." - Booklist

"A brilliant series of interconnected stories about relationships and the myriad ways we both rescue and disappoint the people we love most...Caputo continues to chronicle the ups and downs of our collective character, our better angels along with our worse ones. He proves himself to be a master investigator of the human psyche in the mold of Chekov, Tolstoy, and Bellow." - Philipp Meyer, author of American Rust and The Son

"A poignant and savage tribute to the wilds of the American landscape and to the wilds of the American soul. With Hunter's Moon, Philip Caputo shows us, once again, why he is a giant of contemporary letters." - Elliot Ackerman, author of Waiting for Eden

"A kaleidoscopic effort that fractures and fractures again, displaying beautiful shards of what it means to be a human being. Caputo has written a book that will haunt me for many years. I am essentially ill-equipped to describe the deep wisdom, beauty, and horror inherent in this multilayered and stunning work." - Nickolas Bulter, author of Shotgun Lovesongs and Little Faith

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Philip Caputo Author Biography

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Novelist and journalist Philip Caputo (1941 — ) was born in Chicago and educated at Purdue and Loyola Universities. After graduating in 1964, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years, including a 16-month tour of duty in Vietnam. He has written 17 books, including two memoirs, five books of general nonfiction, and nine novels. His latest effort, scheduled for publication in summer 2019, is Hunter's Moon, a collection of interconnected short stories set on Michigan's wild and starkly beautiful Upper Peninsula.

His most recent novel, Some Rise by Sin, published in May 2017 and now available in paperback, tells the story of Timothy Riordan, a Franciscan priest struggling to walk a moral path through the shifting and fatal realities of an isolated Mexican village that is ...

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