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  • 03/2023
  • 979-8-9869263-2-2 B0BTMVDVJX
  • 330 pages
  • $9.99
Eva Moon
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Pinocchio's Guide to the End of the World
Eva Moon, author
Becoming real was only the start. Pinocchio got his wish, but finds there’s more to being human than having the right kind of body. Inside, he still feels like that same wooden puppet. In the wake of WWI, his struggle to fit into a human world leads to a deadly fight with a fascist officer and flight from the only home he’s ever known. From tramp steamers to sweatshops, from love to bitter heartbreak, he can’t outrun his puppet past. Returning home years later, he discovers his beloved papa, Geppetto, was spirited away in the middle of the night into a Germany newly in Hitler’s grip. On his perilous journey, he finds a motley crew of allies, love, and an unexpected enemy who knows a secret about Pinocchio’s own magical origins that could help her enslave humanity. Pinocchio’s Guide to the End of the World is a tale of friendship, love, and, ultimately, what it means to be real.
Reviews
Playwright and musician Moon’s richly inventive debut novel proves as enchanting—and as darkly surprising—as the original fairytale from which it takes inspiration. Moon has structured the story as an interview, conducted in 1993, with the retired real Pinocchio, a puppet turned “real boy” turned Fascist-belting hero whose romances and adventures among real 20th century figures will quite literally change history, all as he faces a magical mystery and threat involving the Blue Lady who granted him his wish—and who has brought life to other marionettes, known as Blues. Meanwhile, rumors abound of vicious “Manikins” hunting Blues, possibly created by and working for enemies of the Blue Lady … or even that brutal new chancellor of Germany, Hitler.

Told in engaging, conversational style (“I thought of the Fascists, the Nazis, the Manikins. Evil was eating up Europe like a plague of rats.”) Pinocchio’s narrative blends revisionist historical fiction with playful fabulist elements and dead-serious stakes. It’s a fairy tale for adults that doesn’t blink at the real world’s harshness or cheapen historical atrocities when lacing in the fantastic. Moon’s riffing on the source material has thematic integrity—after Pinocchio loses a flesh-and-blood leg in the Italian army in World War I, his “papa” Gepetto fashions a wooden replacement for the one-time marionette, an accommodation that informs the rest of a life. That life that finds him exploring as a sailor and a puppeteer, experiencing love and loss, and, crucially, daring to face the dangers of fascism on the rise.

Pinocchio and the “Blue underground” relishes the fight, but he’s no two-fisted pulp hero. “I wasn’t a natural-born human, and I never would be no matter how many stars I wished on,” this wounded hero declares. But he’s also, in his ways, as human as it comes, as Moon’s fantasy showcases the heart it takes to stand up for what’s best in us all as that evil threatens to swallow the world.

Takeaway: The surprising story of Pinocchio taking on fascism, written with polish and playful power.

Great for fans of: Amanda Leduc’s The Centaur's Wife, Julie Berry’s Lovely War.

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Editing: A
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News
03/21/2023
"Pinocchio's Guide to the End of the World" picks up where the original adventur

A new adult fantasy novel by Eva Moon follows the wooden boy’s continuing adventures into human adulthood.

Becoming real should have been Pinocchio’s happily ever after. But a deadly fight with a fascist officer in the wake of WWI forces him to flee his home in Italy. From tramp steamers to stifling sweatshops, from love to bitter heartbreak, he can’t outrun his puppet past. When his beloved papa, Geppetto, vanishes into a Germany newly in Hitler’s grip, he embarks on a perilous rescue mission. Pinocchio’s Guide to the End of the World is a fairy tale for adults that examines loyalty, love, and, ultimately, what it means to be human.

Author Eva Moon became fascinated with Pinocchio after undergoing a double mastectomy and total hysterectomy. “I struggled to accept this radically altered version of my body. Pinocchio also experienced a drastic physical change. His was wished for, but wishes are tricky. We ask so much of our bodies — to live up to impossible standards, to make us lovable, to reflect our ideal selves. Reality can kick you in the teeth.”

Available March 21, World Puppetry Day.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 03/2023
  • 979-8-9869263-2-2 B0BTMVDVJX
  • 330 pages
  • $9.99

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