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An incisive novelist in the Southern tradition, Michael Morris has garnered comparisons to Harper Lee and Flannery O’Connor. Set during the tumult of World War I, Man in the Blue Moon follows Ella Wallace, a single mother fighting a corrupt banker to keep her family’s ancestral land. So when a mysterious man arrives on her doorstep with promises of help, Ella reluctantly places her trust in him. But it soon becomes clear that things aren’t on the up and up, putting Ella’s land - and her family - in jeopardy.

©2012 Michael Morris (P)2012 Recorded Books

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  • Toney, Alabama
  • 02-07-17

WWI Era Southern Storytelling at its Best

Young Ella was a smart girl and her aunt Katherine had dreams for her . . . to grow up, get an education and become a proper lady . . . but then that handsome devil, Harlan Wallace came along . . . and both Ella and her best friend, Neva Clarkson fell for him . . . hard . . . but it was Ella who ended up marrying Harlan . . . and too bad for her, too . . . for he gambled away everything they had, eventually trading the alcohol he drank for opium, and leaving Ella and their boys penniless . . . with the town banker, Clive Barker (equally as evil) ready to repossess Ella's family farm . . . the last thing Ella's daddy ever told her was to hang on to their farm . . . and she aimed to do it . . . the story is full of wives' tales and fears passed from one generation to the next, including the dark stories that Narsissa, a Creek Indian living on Ella's farm, had long kept secret . . . the healing waters of a spring on Ella's farm . . . and then a man, Lanier Stillis, shows up in a crate, claiming to be a cousin to Harlan Wallace . . . even stranger things begin to happen in Apalachicola . . . this is an amazing (a little long) tale of a town, corrupted by greed, during the Great War . . . and polarized by the will of one family to survive . . . against all the odds . . . a battle between good and evil . . . a prelude to a time that is coming . . . silver tongued devils in the pulpit . . . simple men being used of the Lord . . . the conclusion is WELL worth the wait . . . a book that I won't soon forget . . .