Shoot The Moon Hardcover – Jul 1 2004
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A man's desperate search for his identity drives this riveting offering from the author of best-sellers Where the Heart Is (1995) and The Honk and Holler Opening Soon (1998). No one in sleepy DeClare, Oklahoma, has forgotten the 1972 murder of pretty Cherokee Gaylene Harjo and the abduction of her infant son, Nicky Jack. Hard-nosed deputy sheriff Oliver "O Boy" Daniels pinned the blame on local preacher Joe Dawson, but few in town believed the kindly Joe was capable of such an act. Powerful emotions resurface 30 years later, when Nicky Jack, adopted and raised by a rich couple in Beverly Hills, mysteriously reappears, determined to learn about his mother and the circumstances surrounding her death. Veteran short-story writer Letts peppers her prose with a cast of quirky characters, including a quartet of nosy, domino-playing senior citizens and a perky pool-hall owner who bakes peanut-butter pies. Readers of Sue Miller and Wally Lamb are sure to embrace this memorable tale of love, loss, humanity, and hope. Allison Block
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"Billie Letts has a fresh and engaging voice." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Although I thought I was disappointed while I was reading this book, by the end I did realize how much I enjoyed many of the characters which included Teeve Harjo, the owner of the local pool hall, Kyle Leander, a man with a difficult past which included drugs and emotional breakdowns, Kippy, a man with Downs Syndrome who loves to fish, Ivy Harjo, a pregnant woman who is accustomed to roaming the country, never willing to settle down but most of all Nicky Harjo, who is looking for his parents but finds families come in all sorts of packages.
I do advise you if you're going to read this book and have read Where the Heart Is and The Honk and Holler Opening Soon, to approach this book with an open mind. While it isn't exactly the same as Letts' other books, there is enough here to keep any reader interested and in some parts the reason I loved her first two books also comes shining through in this one too.
Almost thirty years later wealthy Hollywood veterinarian Dr. Mark Albright checks into the motel in DeClare and hooks up with Teeve Harjo. He tells her he found out three weeks ago that he was adopted and his birth mother was Gaylene. He did not know that she was killed and he was presumed dead. He seeks information about his mother, his biological father and who transported him to California to be adopted. Instead he is shot at and jailed while a person is murdered, another commits suicide, and a third arrested, convicted and is sentenced to death row.
SHOOT THE MOON is more than a murder mystery; it is the story of one man's need for answers surrounding the circumstances of his birth and adoption. Readers get to know Gaylene through the pages of her diary, the entries of which are sprinkled throughout Billie Lett's latest blockbuster novel. The murder of Nick Jack's mother affected the whole community in different ways and three decades later, many of them are still living with the consequences in this exciting, heartwarming and poignant thriller.
If you champion political correct-ness, mulitculturalism, diversity, feminism, and relativism, then you very well may enjoy this book.
If you have a Christian worldview, you will not.
Enjoy well-written fiction with colorful, endearing characters? Do you like a book that draws you in, that refreshes, and is soul-satisfying? Then may I heartily recommend to you the books written by Fannie Flagg, Michael C. West, and Jan Karon.
Finally, if you do choose to read "Shoot the Moon", be sure to read Billie Lett's novel "Where the Heart Is", if you haven't already. The difference in quality between the two is striking.
When Dr. Mark Albright, a wealthy Hollywood veterinarian, discovers that he is adopted, he goes in search of his roots, a search that takes him to DeClare, a scraggly dustbowl town in Oklahoma. There, knowing only that he was born Nicodemus (Nicky) Jack Harjo to a woman named Gaylene Harjo, he discovers his roots and, in the process, unravels a murder mystery that is over three decades old.
In doing so, however, he uncovers secrets that some in that Oklahoma community are determined to keep buried, leading to new acts of violence. Still, Dr. Albright perseveres, discovering many things about himself in the process and setting right what has gone wrong in the past.
This is a well-written book, laden with thematically complex issues but without much of the charm of "Where the Heart Is". Therein lies the rub. You simply do not care all that much about the main characters, making it merely a good book, rather than a great one. Still, fans of the author will find it a worthwhile, though not so compelling, book to read.
Most recent customer reviews
It's no Where the Heart Is, but this offering from Billie Letts was an enjoyable read, and I knocked it out in three days. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by S. Fields
Shoot the moon, so Billie Letts tells us, is a dominos term. It means to go for every point available in the game. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Kari Tompkins
This is an unforgettable book - and so much better than her other two. As I read I could picture the actors who will portray the characters. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Sandy Rhoad
I found this book to be a good story, but disappointing after her other books. Somehow it just missed the mark by a bit. Read morePublished on July 12 2004
Billie Letts' "Where the Heart Is" (a/k/a "the Wal-Mart Baby book,") is a giant SuperCenter Wal-Mart of a book. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by TundraBee
As always when reading a Letts book, I am amazed. I really felt close the Gaylene in this book, as I was an Oklahoma high school graduate in 1970. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Deann Lewis
Not a bad book, but the ending stinks. I have enjoyed Ms. Letts' other books, but this was not that great. Also, I got tired of all of the knocks at Republicans. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by M. Busch
Oh, how I wanted to love this book. I love Billie's other books, but this one just did not ring true for me. I found myself enduring it rather than enjoying it. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Gr8Smokies
Billie Letts' latest novel was so disappointing in that it takes a vehement stand against adoption. Basically it asserts that mothers who give up their children don't love them... Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Mary Lins