The Moonstoners: A Novel

The Moonstoners: A Novel

by Barbara J. Dzikowski


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“When one does not love too much, one does not love enough.” —Blaise Pascal

Noël Trudeau calls them moonstoners. The ones born under a restless moon during unsettling times, the ones who become the dreamers, the discontents, the seekers of a newer world. The ones who love too much. And in the 1960s, an inordinate number of moonstoners come of age in one big blast that nearly, but not quite, changes the world.

As a child, Noël flees with her family from their Louisiana home in the aftermath of a heinous murder, sparked by a secret that will shadow the Trudeaus for the rest of their lives. Ten years later, on the same day that President Kennedy is assassinated, she discovers she’s pregnant by date rape, forcing her to marry her abusive boyfriend.

As the surrounding nation is divided over race, equality, and the escalating war—and her brothers leave for service in Vietnam—Noël finds a safe place to hide from her husband in the black ghetto of the steel town of Langston, Indiana, under the watchful eye of an elderly, childless couple. But her sequestered existence is threatened when Ricky Ziemny, a sensitive artist, falls in love with her. Desperate to keep her past secrets hidden from him, she’s confronted by—and irresistibly drawn to—his protective older brother, Leon, who’s engaged to be married. As the country is increasingly torn apart at the seams, so are these two families. And when Noël’s long-kept secrets are about to unravel, she questions what it really means to love.

Set in the soul-searing 1960s when the quest for love as the supreme panacea is stilled by assassins’ bullets, The Moonstoners captures the emotional complexities of families and relationships, grief and loss, hopes and dreams, from the diverse perspectives of five interconnected lives. It is a journey into the heartbreaking, life-changing choices we make when we love too much—and the human spirit’s ultimate faith that love will have the last word.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984030538
Publisher: Wiara Books
Publication date: 07/20/2019
Series: Moon Trilogy , #1
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 1,011,964
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Barbara J. Dzikowski is the author of SEARCHING FOR LINCOLN'S GHOST, a 2013 Book Readers Appreciation Group medallion honoree. She received an undergraduate degree in philosophy and graduate degree in counseling from Indiana University, and those areas of study fueled her desire to create fiction that closely examines the human heart and its complex search for love and meaning. THE MOONSTONERS, the first in a family saga triology, is her second novel. A former counselor, she returned to her native Indiana after living on both U.S. coasts.

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