October 20, 2013

Where the Moon Isn't

cover image of Where the Moon Isn't
Nathan Filer

A young man struggles with both the death of his older brother and mental illness in Filer's astonishing debut. 19-year-old Matthew Homes lives in Bristol, England. Ten years ago, Matthew and his brother Simon, who had Down syndrome, snuck out in the middle of the night. Only Matthew came home safely. Today, residing in a psychiatric ward while being treated for schizophrenia, Matthew is writing his life story. He has finally found a way to bring back the brother who had "a beautiful smiley face like the moon." A deeply touching portrait of grief and mental illness.