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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Casagrande Press; 1st edition (November 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976951657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976951650
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,526,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Polevoi is the author of a novel, The Moon in Deep Winter. His short fiction has appeared in Witness, Sonora Review and elsewhere. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. He has received a Breadloaf Writers Conference scholarship and a $20,000 Chesterfield Writer's Film Project screenwriting fellowship (based on chapters from The Moon in Deep Winter), an award sponsored by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Steven Spielberg's production company. He was one of 10 writers chosen for the prestigious fellowship from a field of more than 3,000 applicants across the U.S.

Lee reguarly reviews fiction and nonfiction as Chief Book Critic for the online publication Highbrow Magazine (http://highbrowmagazine.com/books-fiction).



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyler V. Mcmahon on October 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Like a cold, northeastern version of McGuane's 92 in the Shade, this novel is the story of a misguided homecoming gone wrong. After years spent as a bit player on the margins of Southern California's criminal underworld, Parker returns to his small New England town hoping to reconcile differences with his mother, his younger half-siblings, and his dictatorial step-father. He soon finds that his family secrets run even deeper and darker than expected. Polevoi does a masterful job weaving a complex family web of half-truth, paranoia, and barely subdued violence. Within the world of The Moon in Deep Winter, what is most familiar is also the most strange, what would seem at first glance to be most wholesome soon becomes most absurd. This is a book populated not by heroes and villains, but by humans--with all of their flaws and selfish designs. As in Thomas Berger's Neighbors and Denis Johnson's Already Dead, Parker and the other characters in The Moon in Deep Winter are all forced to confront one universal and unsavory truth: that all of their values, all of their dreams, and all of their loyalties, are nothing compared to their need for self-preservation.
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"The Moon in Deep Winter" tells the story of Parker Sloane, who has returned to his home and family after having been gone for five years. During his absence, Parker travelled around the world for a cash-smuggling scheme and was later nearly beaten to death. In need of a safe haven, Parker headed back to home to his mother, stepfather and half-siblings only to find himself with even bigger troubles than before. This family epitomizes the meaning of dysfunctional as each chapter Parker discovers another side to their madness. This book explores some serious issues including adultery, murder and even incest, making it a beautifully written, although tragic piece of writing.

I loved the writing in this book and appreciated the wonderful descriptions of each of the characters. Although none of the characters won any of my sympathy, I was compelled to read further and see what would become of them. There is also a dark humor to the writing that is subtle, and yet greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the book.

While I really enjoyed the writing and the story itself, I am still unsure of whether or not I am satisfied with the ending. I am not the type to require a happily ever after, but I felt the book finished off too quickly and could have been more fully developed. Even though I was surprised by the ending, I can still appreciate Polevoi's vision, as unsettling as it may be. The books I tend to like reading the most are those that offer unique plots and in that respect, this one certainly fits the bill!

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By Movie Buff on January 31, 2012
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Lee Polivoi's sure-handed first novel adds sharp-eyed literary depth to the eternal themes of the prodigal son, and the disfunctional trappings of the American family and late-20th century small towns. Polevoi's skillful narration and a strong sense of scene, setting and situation (infused with humor both wry and black) keeps matters both suspenseful and reflective. You stay interested in this family, even though no member is especially likeable and the events instigated by Parker, the returning anti-hero, go from bleak to very dark. The snowy New England setting and the desperate nature of the characters compares favorably to Russell Banks's early novels and, as mentioned elsewhere, the Coen brothers' more 'indy' films. A heads-up 30ish actor would do well to option this material.
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By Laurie Renas on November 10, 2008
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I read this novel in two sittings and suggest that if you can find one long afternoon, preferably on a cold or dark day, that you take it all in one sitting. The story is exciting and the characters incredibly vivid. I know I like a book when I have a clear image of what someone in the book looks like without the author blatantly telling me. I've never met people like those in The Moon in Deep Winter (and I hope I never will) but for the sake of reading, I could see them, hear them, feel their calm sense of craziness. The books screams "movie." Coen brothers, if you're out there -- read this -- it's for you!
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Sometimes one would prefer the mad dog killer types of the criminal underworld to one's own family. "The Moon in Deep Winter" is the story of Parker Sloane. Seeking to return to his family after a spell as something in no way legal, he finds his homesickness unfounded as his insane family with its nonstop dysfunction is harder to handle than the organized crime syndicates he used to work with. Religion, incest, and other unseemly elements permeate "The Moon in Deep Winter". A read that will keep readers glued to the pages.
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By R. Plasky on October 23, 2008
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Wonderfully written - intense - I had to finish it in one day to find out what happened. So glad I am not a part of that family but loved being able to be a part of their secrets! Now just waiting for the movie to be cast...my recommendations...Jack Nicholson or Nicholas Cage as Burke; John Cusack as Walt; I like Winona Ryder for Rita (she just fits the image); do you think you can get Harvey Kietel as Alf - not a big part but I see it!; and I see Parker as maybe a Johnny Depp...
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I struggled to make it to the end of this book. At times I was glancing at entire pages on the Kindle to hurry things along.

This is a shame, because the heart of the story is pretty compelling- a variance of the 'Prodigal Son' returning home. A
theme that has resonated since biblical times. The lead character returns home to find his family in disarray and his own motivations for coming back under suspicion. His half siblings are wary of him and shortly in the story he begins to have incestuous feeling for his sister. His domineering step-father welcomes him with a shotgun and his mother is looking for him to assume some responsibility. Sound like plenty of meat for a character-driven story?

It is, but is badly mishandled by the author. The book's problems are more structural than with the story concept.

Characterization is very weak. You never really develop empathy for them.
Plotting is very confusing. It is very difficult to follow the action without becoming confused as to what's going on.
Narrative between dialogue does little to educate the reader as to the direction the story will take.
Dialogue, actually this is the strongest element, but is not enough to rescue this book.

This book desperately needs professional editing.

I would give this version a pass and wait for the author to revise and reissue.
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