A Tale of A Mid-winter NightBook - 2017
In this emotional tale of haunted love, Silas finds himself locked in a marriage descending toward darkness until the arrival of his sister-in-law and soon thereafter the appearance of a witching neighbor who may or may not be alive. In ways enigmatic, ghostly, and funny, the three women draw him into the equivocal nature of dreams and reality, their influences leading Silas on a journey toward what may be light and a new belonging to something vastly beyond himself.
Just as William Least Heat-Moon's nonfiction employs many fictional narrative techniques, Celestial Mechanics draws upon nonfictional devices to build a story that crosses traditional boundaries between the two. Celestial Mechanics is the clarion call of a generation that believes rationality and spirituality can--and should--coexist, a generation defined by globalization, where the only things left unknown are what is within and beyond us, those cosmicrealms revealed by the telescope and the quantum world suggested by the microscope. This book is for those of us steeped in a hustle-and-bustle world we can't escape, who believe that practices like mindfulness and rational deduction and childlike wonder are the keys to the kind of fulfillment that the commercial aspects of our lives can never hope to address.
From Library Staff
Intelligent, atmospheric, insightful, confident. Heat Moon's fiction debut is impressive. But it suffers from too many flaws typical of a first-time author. Which is surprising, given that Heat Moon isn't a first-time author, having written acclaimed nonfiction. I suppose that acclaim upped the e... Read More »
JohnK_KCMO Jun 26, 2017
Atmospheric, immersive, lyrical, insightful, wise, confident, smart. Also - pedantic, a tad contrived, occasionally infuriating, and maybe trying a bit too hard. Least-Moon's fiction debut is as well-rendered and intelligent as one could hope, but also clearly his first outing in the genre. I'm e... Read More »