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The last woman on Earth is long dead. The moon has just broken in two.
In the aftermath of both events, the male survivors are left behind to question love, masculinity, and fate. How do they go on without women? What’s the point? What does it mean to exist in this strange new universe, which seems to be breaking down? This short story, “Stopping to Talk to Porch Lights When the Moon Is Not Enough,” is just the beginning of Life on Other Moons.
Later, in the title story, a civilization on the moon begins to rebuild after decades of civil war. The first step? To build a bridge between the two halves of their broken home—and search for survivors. Three other stories in the book follow the progress of a boy and his father on their multi-year journey from rural, 1960s Alabama to a war-torn Vietnam and ultimately to the moon.
But the moon doesn’t dominate every story.
In “Don’t Mind the Bunny,” a little girl’s disability becomes apparent through the objective viewpoint of a stuffed bunny. “Love the Shoes” chronicles the first meeting of a father, after a long stretch in prison, with his teenage son. In “The Paper Man,” a society of primitive but powerful women encounters the first man to enter its gates in decades.
While the book’s eleven stories are linked in unexpected ways, they do not necessarily take place in the same version of reality. The characters in Life on Other Moons are united in their common search for a home, a functional family, a sense of self.
Life on Other Moons is the debut fiction collection from Roger Market. It was first published in simultaneous limited editions in May 2013 (paperback and handmade). It’s now available as a FREE e-book at Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, and other major retailers.
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