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Celestial Mechanics.

Celestial Mechanics

William Least Heat-Moon

Three Rooms Press

561 Hudson Street, l #33, New York, NY 10014

9781941110560, $28.00, HC, 400pp,

Synopsis: When Silas Fortunato applies for an editorial position for the "spirituality" section of a local newspaper, he is asked to fill in a bubble sheet to mark his religion. The problem is, his beliefs don't fall within any of the categories. Silas believes that selflessness enlarges vision and that what a person should strive for is to be overcome by the beyond. He believes in honoring otherness and in giving questions credence over certainty. He calls himself a Cosmoterian because his goal is to make himself worthy of the majesty of Cosmos. Silas is a man driven by big ideas, but it is the everyday smallness that perpetually both intrigues and eludes him.

"Celestial Mechanics: A Tale For A Mid-Winter Night" by William least Heat-Moon is an emotional tale of haunted love in which Silas finds himself locked in a marriage descending toward darkness until the arrival of his sister-in-law and soon thereafter the appearance of a witching neighbor who may or may not be alive. In ways enigmatic, ghostly, and funny, the three women draw him into the equivocal nature of dreams and reality, their influences leading Silas on a journey toward what may be light and a new belonging to something vastly beyond himself.

Critique: It is interesting to note that in "Celestial Mechanics" novelist William Heat-Moon deftly draws upon nonfictional devices to create his fictional story--one that successfully crosses traditional boundaries between the two categories. An erudite, sophisticated, inherently engaging, and unfailingly entertaining read from beginning to end, "Celestial Mechanics" is unreservedly recommended, especially for community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Celestial Mechanics" is also available in a paperback edition (9781941110584, $19.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).

Able Greenspan


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Date:Oct 1, 2017
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