Billy Moon by Douglas Lain

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Ultimately I think it’s a very intriguing story that toys with perceptions, a bit of the fantastic, and a historical period rife with controversy and upheaval.
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In Douglas Lain's debut novel set during the turbulent year of 1968, Christopher Robin Milne, the inspiration for his father's fictional creation, struggles to emerge from a manufactured life, in a story of hope and transcendence.

Billy Moon was Christopher Robin Milne, the son of A. A. Milne, the world-famous author of Winnie the Pooh and other beloved children's classics. Billy's life was no fairy-tale, though. Being the son of a famous author meant being ignored and even mistreated by famous parents; he had to make his own way in the world, define himself, and reconcile his self-image with the image of him known to millions of children. A veteran of World War II, a husband and father, he is jolted out of midlife ennui when a French college student revolutionary asks him to come to the chaos of Paris in revolt. Against a backdrop of the apocalyptic student protests and general strike that forced France to a standstill that spring, Milne's new French friend is a wild card, able to experience alternate realities of the past and present. Through him, Milne's life is illuminated and transformed, as are the world-altering events of that year.
In a time when the Occupy movement eerily mirrors the political turbulence of 1968, this magic realist novel is an especially relevant and important book.

 

About Douglas Lain

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DOUGLAS LAIN's short fiction has appeared in many magazines and journals here and abroad. Since 2009, he has produced the weekly podcast Diet Soap, interviewing a wide range of fascinating, engaging people with insights for the new millennium: philosophers, mystics, economists, and a diverse group of fiction writers. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children.
 
Published August 27, 2013 by Tor Books. 272 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Jun 03 2013

...the overwhelming poignancy, as Christopher prays to be allowed to “finally be an adult,” is what gives this book its power.

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Reviewed by Fitz on Sep 17 2013

Ultimately I think it’s a very intriguing story that toys with perceptions, a bit of the fantastic, and a historical period rife with controversy and upheaval.

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