Where the Moon Isn't

Where the Moon Isn't

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Winner of the 2013 "Costa First Novel Award "(under the title "The Shock of the Fall")
"A stunning novel. Ambitious and exquisitely realized . . . clearly the work of a major new talent." S. J. Watson, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Before I Go to Sleep" While on vacation with their parents, Matthew Homes and his older brother snuck out in the middle of the night. Only Matthew came home safely. Ten years later, Matthew tells us, he has found a way to bring his brother back...What begins as the story of a lost boy turns into a story of a brave man yearning to understand what happened that night, in the years since, and to his very person. Unafraid to look at the shadows of our hearts, Nathan Filer's rare and brilliant debut "Where the Moon Isn't "shows us the strength that is rooted in resilience and love."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 176 x 236 x 30mm | 419.99g
  • English
  • New.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1250026989
  • 9781250026989
  • 566,379

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"Original and affecting. Filer's ability to capture Matthew's voice shows a special talent." --Heidi W. Durrow, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Girl Who Fell from the Sky""""
""In the ruins of a family exploded by grief, a brilliant madman wrestles a narrative from his disintegrated life. What emerges is both quietly horrifying and surprisingly beautiful: a portrait of family love. Unsentimental, frank, and strange, Filer's narrator is the most likable nut since Kesey's 'Chief.' He's funny and sad and mad, and he brought me through smiles to tears and back. What moved me the most however was not the tragedy at the story's center, but the sketches Filer draws around the edges: the mother losing her grip from holding too tight, the father stalwartly supporting his sons, the girl who stands up for what she has lost. Memories can destroy or redeem you, depending on how you recreate them. Who better to teach this lesson than a lunatic? I can't stop talking about this book. Looking for a fantastic read, a few laughs and a good cry? You've found it. "Where The Moon Isn't" is a fresh smart book with a big daft heart." --Lydia Netzer, author of "Shine Shine Shine"""" """""A terrific debut: engaging, funny and inventive." "-- Joe Dunthorne, author of "Submarine"""
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About Nathan Filer

NATHAN FILER is a writer and a mental health nurse. He has worked as a researcher at the academic unit of psychiatry at the University of Bristol and on in-patient psychiatric wards. Filer graduated from the prestigious Bath Spa University creative writing program with an MA in 2011, and "Where the Moon Isn't" is his first novel. He lives with his family in Bristol. Nathan won the 2013 Costa Award for "Where the Moon Isn't."
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34,273 ratings
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4 39% (13,450)
3 27% (9,145)
2 7% (2,474)
1 2% (669)
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