by Selene Castrovilla
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Release date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Paperback: 450 pages
Luna peered through her peephole, watching Trip cut across her yard past the inflated Santa. He was an hour late—early for him.
Life begins at thirty-eight for Long Island mom and writer Luna Lampanelli, when she kicks her secretly gay husband to the curb. She’s got her freedom, but what she wants is love.
Luna knows she doesn’t need a man to exist, but try telling that to her heart. Against the advice of Sunny, her snarky best friend, and Jiminy, the cautioning voice in Luna’s head that just won’t shut up, Luna sets course to find a mate.
Luna speed and on-line dates her way into several short-lived, surreal relationships. There’s Ari, the humorless Israeli who refuses to assimilate – to America, and to humanity. There’s Alex, the young and handsome ex-crackhead who informs Luna he doesn’t want to be monogamous while they’re in bed. There’s Memphis, the wild-eyed sadomasochist. There’s Red, angry and crippled, who becomes the catalyst for Luna to join Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous.
But before Luna can proceed to recovery, she meets the elusive but oh so appealing Trip. He’s emotionally unavailable and has the Madonna-Whore Complex, but how can Luna (aka “whore”) let him go when she enjoys his dry wit so much, and his naked body even more?
Humorously haunting and packed with unspeakable truths, Luna Rising follows a woman’s funny and heart-breaking struggle to relate with un-relatable men and an un-relatable world, and to figure out something even more un-relatable: herself.
This story explores the contemporary singles scene as a newly divorced mother of two young children.
Navigating through the dating world and trying to forge relationships to avoid singledom is the focus. The theme "looking for love in all the wrong places" hits home with this read. At some points it was frustrating and painful to see the main character, Luna, make the choices she did.
Loved Luna's best friend, Sunny, who provided a chuckle or two.
A lot of inner dialogue going on, so beware if you are not into this.
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