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Book Information: Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, the

Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, the (1991) [Novel]
by Tom Spanbauer Rating: Weighted - 6.7 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Set against the harsh reality of an unforgiving landscape and culture, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon provides a vision of the Old West unlike anything seen before. The narrator, Shed, is one of the most memorable characters in contemporary fiction: a half-Indian bisexual boy who lives and works at the Indian Head Hotel in the tiny town of Excellent, Idaho. It's the turn of the century, and the hotel carries on a prosperous business as the town's brothel. The eccentric characters working in the hotel provide Shed with a surrogate family, yet he finds in himself a growing need to learn the meaning of his Indian name, Duivichi-un-Dua, given to him by his mother, who was murdered when he was twelve.

Setting off alone across the haunting plains, Shed goes in search of an identity among his true people, encountering a rich pageant of extraordinary characters along the way. Although he learns a great deal about the mysteries and traditions of his Indian heritage, it is not until Shed returns to Excellent and witnesses a series of brutal tragedies that he attains the wisdom that infuses this exceptional and captivating book.
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Original title: The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionWesternNative Americans
FictionWesternEccentric Variations
FictionGay & LesbianGay Male


  • Dedication: "To Mike Taylor, to Mutt and Jeff, Dellwood and SHed, the altar boys, Ida and Alma; a family, with all my love"

Edition #1: Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, the

Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, the (1991)
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Language: English

  • "Tom Spanbauer's audacious new novel puts the exhausted cliches surrounding the American West out of their misery, giving us instead an era alive with eroticism, mysticism, ribald humor, and hard-gained wisdom. Imagine "Gunsmoke" co-written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jean Genet and you have The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon." Karen Karbo, author of Trespassers Welcome Here and The Diamond Lane
  • "In Tom Spanbauer's superb and terrific novel the West is truly wild, as it should be." Gus Van Sant, director of Drugstore Cowboy
  • "Spanbauer has an original vision, something like a cross between William Burroughs and Thomas Berger in Little Big Man." Lawrence Naumoff, winner Whiting Award
  • "What a story this is! Go with him. It's one hell of a trip." Donald Hays, author of The Dixie Association, PEN/Faulkner nominee
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Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, the (1991)

ISBN: 0871134683

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