on April 25, 2017
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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.
Not every life is centered around a big home, white fence, large porch, 2 parents, kids and healthy relationships. Instead it could be clouded with confusion and uncertainties. Such was the case for Luna. A middle aged woman seeking to find her way. Seeking to find love and that perfect relationship. She wanted it. Felt she deserved it. However, just wasn’t sure how to capture it. Her “Jiminy” was always there twenty-four seven, sitting on her shoulder, waiting on the horizon to provide guidance, support, feedback and cautions. Her “Jiminy” or inner voice spoke to her throughout Luna Rising. This different perspective was a nice addition to the voice of this story centered around Luna’s desire to be happy. She tried to rise above it all and get what she really wanted in a relationship. But will she rise high enough? Selene Castrovilla has created an adult novel packed with lots of angst and humor centered around Luna’s journey towards trial, after trial in her search for love and happiness.
About Selene Castrovilla
Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of multiple narrative nonfiction picture books and young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats. Visit her website: www.SeleneCastrovilla.com.
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