An actor sits poolside waiting to hear whether he has been cast in a television pilot. Two kids ditch school in 1964 and go for a hike in the woods that turns dangerous. A woman named Dot remembers her husband who spent years working on a musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby. A young woman Felicity deals with the consequences of an unexpected pregnancy. Mike, a former high school star, attends an open tryout for the California Angels baseball team. And a boarding school teacher tells the story of his cousin, a social climber who has disappeared in the wake of a murder.
Brian Rogers' The Whole of the Moon consists of six crisscrossing narratives set along the old Route 66, from the Inland Empire to the terminus just off Sunset Boulevard. The stories span the years from the late 1950s to the present, and the characters are bound by a fact unknown to them: they have each checked out the same public library copy of The Great Gatsby. In this novel about hope and failed dreams, Rogers writes with passion and wit and an unbending sympathy for the people who populate its pages.
California native Brian Rogers attended the University of the Pacific and the graduate writing program at San Francisco State University. A former stand-up comedian, he was awarded the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society prize for Best Novel-in-Progress, served as the 29th George Bennett Fellow (Writer-in-Residence) at Phillips Exeter Academy, and has been a finalist for other awards including the Bakeless Prize in Fiction from Bread Loaf and the Best Teleplay prize from the Austin Film Festival. His short play, Come Back, Burt Lancaster, has been featured in a number of festivals and showcases, and he is the author of Inhabitants of the Earth, a chapbook of flash fiction. Brian lives in Orange County, California.