He Runs the Moon: Tales from the Cities by Wendy Brandmark
He Runs the Moon is a collection of wonderfully atmospheric stories of life in the rundown Capitol Hill area of Denver in the early 1970s, in the Bronx, New York during the 1950s & 60s and in the Boston and Cambridge area in the 1970s.Brandmark, a great story teller in the American tradition, draws you in. Take the Denver stories which form a narrative of a Gothic city populated by people who feel they don't quite belong. In one story female creative writing students are all secretly in love with their professor but does he really register them at all? Can a girl become emotional attached to a temperamental red Mustang? You bet, especially after her boyfriend leaves for Los Angeles.Figures from the 'old world' haunt the children and adults in the Jewish community of New York City. A troubled granny with a head that is bothering her, and the 'witch' in the basement flat, who comes to the rescue when a child is lost and has dark marks, like figures from a book, on her lower arm.In the Boston tales characters piece together dreams from the fragments of their lives.Be transported, for example, to the world of an obsessive dental hygienist, and the occupational hazards of sharing a dull green clapboard house in rooms which seemed to pitch and heave.