Where the Moon Isn't

By Nathan Filer
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250026989, 320pp.)

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the November 2013 Indie Next List
“Matthew's brother, Simon, had a number of birth defects and a beautiful smiling face that looked like the moon. Where the Moon Isn't is the story of Matthew's attempt at reliving the past, when his brother was still alive. By putting his memories on paper (or even on the bedroom walls) Matthew can keep his brother alive. But how can Matthew stay sane when he believes he is the cause of Simon's death? As he moves in and out of madness, Matthew tells his horrifying, yet achingly beautiful, story. Filer's debut novel will grab your heart and soul and will not let go.”
-- Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI


Winner of the 2013 "Costa First Novel Award "(under the title "The Shock of the Fall")
"A stunning novel. Ambitious and exquisitely realized . . . clearly the work of a major new talent." --S. J. Watson, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Before I Go to Sleep"

While on vacation with their parents, Matthew Homes and his older brother snuck out in the middle of the night. Only Matthew came home safely. Ten years later, Matthew tells us, he has found a way to bring his brother back...

What begins as the story of a lost boy turns into a story of a brave man yearning to understand what happened that night, in the years since, and to his very person. Unafraid to look at the shadows of our hearts, Nathan Filer's rare and brilliant debut "Where the Moon Isn't "shows us the strength that is rooted in resilience and love.

About the Author
NATHAN FILER is a writer and a mental health nurse. He has worked as a researcher at the academic unit of psychiatry at the University of Bristol and on in-patient psychiatric wards. Filer graduated from the prestigious Bath Spa University creative writing program with an MA in 2011, and "The Shock of the Fall" is his first novel. He lives with his family in Bristol. Nathan won the 2013 Costa Award for "The Shock of the Fall "(previously published in the U.S. as "Where the Moon Isn't")"."
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