Man in the Blue Moon, by Michael Morris

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on September 23, 2016


Not that many men can write a female protagonist I believe in. Michael Morris is such a writer. In Man in the Blue Moon, Morris also manages to portray small-town, turn-of-the-century Florida with such realism I could feel the sweltering heat, smell the pine resin, and see the firefies flicker. Ella Wallace’s dreams, as a young woman, of studying art in France are cruelly smashed when her drug-addicted husband leaves her to run their country store and raise their three sons on her own. When the mysterious Lanier shows up and begins to help her in ways that we’re not sure are from God or the Devil, Ella’s family and the town are torn apart by events that keep the reader guessing, right up through the thrilling climax.

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