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  • By Joyce Jaworowski
    Aug 1, 2012
    The word “moonshine” conjures up images of illicit or at least secretive activity, accomplished under the cover of night. Some of what author Greg Tuchin uncovers and illuminates in his novel, Moonshine, does indeed involve questionable activity perpetrated by a round-up of the usual suspects, including Jody, the artist turned bored and unchallenged housewife, dulled by her static commitment to her husband, Gary, and their two children; Gary, the disillusioned dreamer/realist, some-time surfer, once world traveler turned small-town fisherman who is willing to risk job and family for a chance to create anew the passion experienced in his youth; and Janet, the Sydney sophisticate open to new adventure and romance, adrift in the somnolent Australian seaside town where Jody and Gary live. But what lifts this novel above the typical love triangle is its unique perspective originating from elemental sources – land, sea and the heavens – which together constitute the real central character... More > of the story. In Tuchin’s novel, the natural effect of the phase of the moon on the tides and sport of surfing the resultant ocean waves can be read as a metaphor for the phases of life and the challenges they present, especially in mid-life as the sands of time appear to recede with greater frequency and intensity. The ebb and flow of the ocean, like life and personal relationships, once transcendent and awe-inspiring, calming, peaceful, translucent and serene can suddenly turn stormy, turbulent, murky and threatening. Predictable only in its unpredictability. Waves like people flowing in natural rhythms – rising to great heights, then crashing and colliding, often leaving behind destruction in its wake, or a new beginning, depending on your perspective on life. Moonshine is not so much a story of a surfer in search of the elusive “perfect wave,” but rather an honest portrayal of a flawed man so passionate about life, love, travel and his sport that he is willing to brave “the perfect storm” of his own making in order to resuscitate himself, his family and his love for them, and revitalize his sleepy seaside home town back to life lived at its fullest. Moonshine examines the substance of passion and the inexplicable ties that bind us to those passions and to one another. Give it a read. Whether or not you are an experienced surfer and/or a seasoned traveler, I guarantee you’ll be glad you went along for the ride, and be all the better for having done so.< Less
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October 25, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.43 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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