Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Man in the Blue Moon


Just a couple of years ago, I was browsing in a bookstore and found a Michael Morris book titled A Place Called Wiregrass.  Well written books about Alabama and the South are my favorite reads, so the book came home with me.  I finished it quickly and loved it so much that I searched out and read everything Mr. Morris had published.  They were all good.  Very good.

A new book by Michael Morris, Man in the Blue Moon, was released recently.  I ordered it from Amazon as soon as it was offered for sale, and tried not to be impatient until it came. It was so worth the wait.

I have never been to Apalachicola, Florida, but after reading this book, I feel like I know the people and area so well that I could be at home there.  Set in late World War I, the book leads us through hard-time struggles intensified by the ignorance and harshness that was a part of everyday living in that time and place. It demonstrates the power of family and friends who bond together to do what has to be done.

This book will make you laugh, cry, get extremely angry, and be awed by the strength of the characters. There's some folklore, some magic, and some unforgettable people.  I hope you will read it, experience it, and appreciate it as much as I did.