Nancy Chislett, author of Bombing the moon
About the author
Nancy Chislett lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She is an avid traveller, jazz composer, and full-time writer of literary fiction. She is currently working on her second novel, Saving Fictions.
In 2015, DEVIN RUSH's parents believe that at the age of 24, Devin is just drifting through life without a care for the future. Conflict boils at home. One afternoon, his grandfather, believer in tough love, takes him to the Winnipeg International airport and gives him a one-way ticket to Nairobi, Kenya, to become self-sufficient. While his parents and younger sister struggle with his disappearance and their own problems, Devin quickly takes to Nairobi. His experience and the people he meets - both good and bad - shape him into the man who over a year later returns home for an unforgettable reunion.
Testimonials for the novel, Bombing the moon
Getting to read Nancy Chislett's manuscript of her novel Bombing the moon, is one of the highlights of 2020 for me. The story, set in Nairobi and Winnipeg - two settings Chislett knows and loves - is one that leaves no illusions about the danger an ordinary Canadian family can face when grandfather Bill attempts tough love on their son Devin by sending him to Kenya to "grow up." It's not just peril in Nairobi, it is friendship, Bach, love, and joy. But when danger presents itself in Kibera, Nairobi's slum, the reader will find danger for Devin's sister and parents living on a swish street in River Heights as well. Chislett knows her terrain and her ability to tell the story of a fractured family in a compassionate yet unsentimental way is the mark of a gifted writer, one who never gets in the way of her characters or their story. I can't wait to see it publisher so everyone can read it.
Melva McLean, Writer and Editor
Bombing the moon is a story of a dysfunctional family that many can relate to. Throughout the novel, we see the Rush family members make decisions that adversely affect not just themselves but others around them. In turn, we see the complexity of the relationships between characters and understand the motives for their actions. The reader will wonder; do extreme measures result in positive outcomes? Does an adverse encounter change who you are as a person? Can these relationships heal? The reader journeys with Devin, Lily, Cole, and Julia through their challenges and vulnerabilities hopeful they will overcome. Provocative and unique, Chislett has achieved amazing character development - a great read.
Susan Holliday, RN BN
Bombing the moon is a powerful family drama. The events in the novel are set in motion when "tough love" results in twenty-four year old Devin being sent to Kenya. The ways in which Devin and his family in Canada cope with his exile and their own simmering issues combine to create a vibrant narrative of an ordinary, but troubled family. Each of the characters - Devin, his parents, his sister - have strong, unique voices that pull you into the story. As a member of Chislett's writing group, I had the pleasure pf watching the story and the characters develop as she shared parts of her work. It is delightful to see the finished product come together into such a compelling and satisfying read.
Chislett's Bombing the moon is an act of writing that is subversive and compassionate. Though the author does not moralize, does not instruct, does not come down on one side or the other, the novel gets the reader to weigh the logic of tough love, recognizes the different relationship dynamics where it might be employed, including international politics, and journeys through the affect it has on the thoughts and actions of four distinct members of the Rush family. Bombing the moon contains a high degree of psychological truth that rides on top of a quick pace and finely written action.
Erin Daniels, Language Arts teacher
The novel Bombing the moon is a great ride. Every twist is driven by one or more of the characters and the reader may ask themselves; "how will Chislett pull these four characters together, how can she possibly end it?" Then, when the reader finishes the novel, as I did, they won't have guessed the ending, but in reflection, they can see that everything was heading in that direction the whole time. A super engrossing and satisfying read.
Grant Ganczar, International Student Recruiter
At first, it's possible readers might dislike Devin, the main character of Bombing the moon. But if they do, it will be as they recognize themselves in him. That is Chislett's craft: character insight and complexity that is astonishingly human. This novel is a trip inside the human spirit.
Jay Blasko, English teacher
In Bombing the moon, you get a free-fall into family dynamics that are achingly familiar, revealing something brutally honest. Bombing the moon is beautifully painted on an international canvas, with the story set in a Canadian prairie city as well as urban Kenya. Chislett portrays both of these settings with ease so her readers can enjoy the movement between. Bombing the moon was the perfect read for me, and would be for anyone who appreciates a well-written novel with characters struggling with the evolving reality of their lives.
Joan Birrell, English instructor
As a member of Nancy Chislett's writing group, Just Write, I am so pleased to see her novel Bombing the moon come to fruition. In this fact-paced novel, the main character, Devin, is sent by "Gramps" to Kenya with nothing but his passport, some money, and a roll of toilet paper. All to learn to be a man. While in Kenya, through friendship, love, and work, Devin confronts his own tough love beliefs. The setting explodes from the page. Readers will be glued to the action as they question all of the characters decisions and root for Devin's success.
Joan Marshall, retired teacher
Bombing the moon by Nancy Chislett is a cleverly written story weaving the theme of tough love through the action. Her main character, Devin, is drawn from Winnipeg, Manitoba, into the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. This novel is engaging, delightful, and very coherent. Nancy has a wonderful ways with ideas and words. She knows how to make her readers empathize with her characters. I am so looking forward to re-reading Bombing the moon when it is published.
Joanne Rush, retired French teacher