a tale for a mid-winter night
by William Least Heat-Moon
New York Times best-selling author of Blue Highways and PrairyErth
$USD $28.00 · CAD $38.50 ·Hardback
In CELESTIAL MECHANICS, William Least Heat-Moon embarks on an exploration into the value of knowledge and rational thinking, the essence of being harmoniously alive, and the very nature of the Cosmos.
In this novel of haunted love, the protagonist, an amateur astronomer, finds himself in a marriage descending toward darkness until the arrival of his sister-in-law and soon thereafter the appearance of a witching neighbor who may or may not exist. In ways enigmatic, ghostly, and funny, the three women draw him into the equivocal nature of reality and dreams, the threesome’s influences leading the young astronomer on a journey toward something vastly beyond himself.
Just as Heat-Moon’s nonfiction employs fictional narrative techniques, CELESTIAL MECHANICS draws upon nonfictional practices to build a story that crosses traditional boundaries between the two genres. It is a call to a generation wanting to believe rationality and spirituality can fruitfully coexist in a culture threatened by divisions and poisonous “isms.”
In a disaffected, disconnected nation that widely ignores the deep implications of both what is within and beyond us--the cosmic worlds revealed by the telescope and the realms opened by the microscope--this tale is a quest for humanity’s deepest links with universe and the ways those ties shape love and meaning.