After Moses tells the story of the eccentric Tumarkin family, who must first suffer the loss of its reckless daughter Shoe and then of Moses, Shoe’s five-year-old son. Set in a small, southern Ohio town, the novel interweaves the stories of three lonely siblings—Shoe, Johnny, and Ida, a painter and recluse who has never moved out of her parents’ house. In Shoe’s final will, she tries to cure that loneliness: a wife for Johnny, a son for Ida.
But comanionship cannot be parceled out like possessions. Johnny will not marry a woman on demand—even if he happens to love her. Ida will adore her nephew Moses and the tall stranger who walks into their lives, but will they become a family? And what does a young boy do when his parents’ worlds collide?
After Moses is testament to the fact that love leaves a legacy—and often surprises, too.
Karen Mockler was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and now lives in Cody, Wyoming, with her very hairy dog, her newts, and her fiancé. She works as a freelance writer, copy editor, radio reporter, and part-time librarian. Mockler has been writing novels since the eighth grade, but is glad After Moses is the first to see print.
“A quiet but emotionally resonant debut novel… A rich and complex story simply told, After Moses beautifully illustrates just how fragile familial bonds can be, particularly when one family member is pulled away too soon.”
— Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection (Summer 2003)
Publication Date: October 12, 2007
trim size: 6 x 9 Hardcover