This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon


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This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon is a life in stories, the life of Margaret Mackenzie, a woman whom the reader comes to love. Weaving back and forth across the years, these stories invite us in, they tell us secrets, whisper mysteries, allowing us to know and feel deep joy, distinct sorrow, the silliness and rich meaning, in the living of one precious lifetime.

Its readers say:

“These stories won me over at once, heart and mind together.”
—Alice Munro

“The storyteller is a poet, or the poet is a storyteller. You may not actually be wiser or happier after reading it, but you will believe that you are for a lovely glowing while. Finally, the book you didn’t know you’ve been longing for.”
—Carol Edelstein

“That terrific and rare writer who can pair side-splitting humor with heartbreaking truth. She never ceases to make me laugh. She never ceases to make me cry.”
—Sy Safransky, Sun Magazine

“I loved these stories. Profoundly serious, absorbing, deft, and rare.”
—Edith Pearlman

“Like Raymond Carver, these linked stories attend unerringly to ordinary moments in ordinary lives. A life revealed in episodes, with breathless flights of imagination…quiet, insistent, closely focused fiction.”
—Brad Davis

Linda McCullough Moore is the author of the literary novel, The Distance Between, and more than 200 shorter works of fiction, essay, memoir and poetry, published in such places as The Massachusetts Review, The Sun, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Queen’s Quarterly, Glimmer Train, House Beautiful, The Boston Globe, and The Southern Review. She is the winner and finalist for a number of short fiction awards, including The Pushcart Prize XXXV. Her reviews appear in Books and Culture, and her commentary is heard on NPR. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where for the past two decades she has taught weekly creative writing workshops and mentored aspiring writers.

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 7 × 5 × .5 in

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