By Jackie Kingon
Star Rating: 4 out of 5
In this futuristic story of gourmet food and shady interplanetary business deals, Molly Marbles seeks to find her place in the world, or rather, in the solar system. Molly is an overweight Earth woman in a universe that prizes the tall, thin figures of those born and raised on low-gravity heavenly bodies, such as Mars. Everything changes for her when she begins college on the Moon.
Jackie Kingon's stuffs her writing full of puns, plays on words, and food similes. For example, the characters wear Dolce and Banana, and Molly drives along the Carpal Tunnel to get to the mall. When I first began reading, I thought, "This book is so silly!" but I got into the spirit of it and laughed out loud throughout the whole story. It is a quick read, and the foodie version of Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair. Molly is an instantly likeable character, and Kingon's wordplay is so fun, it is hard to resist this quirky novel.
From the Author
She has published two articles in The New York Times on autism and learning disabilities and one feature piece about her experiences teaching in an inner city school in the south Bronx.
Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Washington DC and New York City including the Dactyl Foundation, Washington Project of the Arts, and the United States Embassy to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. Three works are part of the Estee Lauder collection. She has been a member of the board of the Empire State Plaza Art Commission in Albany, NY and the board of the Friends of Vassar College art museum.
Her short stories have been published in Flying Island Press-Pieces of Eight, The Fringe Magazine and Static Movement Magazine. Kingon's story for the blind, entitled "A Rose by Any Other Name," was recorded by Voice Needs in League, TX.
Jackie Kingon lives with her husband in Bronxville, NY. Chocolate Chocolate Moons is her first novel.
Check out her web site at: jackiekingon.com