This week I’ll focus on fiction writer and photographer Gint Aras and his debut novel Finding the Moon in Sugar, a funny and beautifully written picaresque novel that you don’t want to miss.
In Finding the Moon in Sugar, we meet 20-year Andrew “Nate” Nowak, the likable pot-head narrator and part-time drug dealer from Berwyn, Illinois, who escapes his needy mother and meth-addicted sister only to be seduced by Audra, a gorgeous Lithuanian internet bride who happens to be the wife of one of his American “clients”.
Infatuated and thoroughly obsessed with Audra, Nowak will sell everything he owns, except his dog, to follow Audra abroad into a world of illness, regret, and sex — and a surprising romance he never expected. What follows are Nowak’s hilarious and tragic adventures through Vilnius, Lithuania and back to Bloomington, Indiana and a surprising conclusion you won’t see coming.
Finding the Moon in Sugar is what I call a good old-fashioned blue-collar novel. Gint Aras’ provocative humor and a great ear for dialogue and dialect are just bonuses — the kind of memorable features that will have you forcing this new find onto your friends and loved ones as yet another example of your literary foresight, your latest discovery.
Gint Aras attended the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign and earned his MFA from Columbia University. He teaches English and Humanities at Morton College. You can learn more about Aras at his website: http://web.mac.com/dyingpoet.
I had the chance to meet up with Gint recently and ask him a few questions about his book and his life. Please take a few more minutes to check out the interview.