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Orphan of the Moon

Notebook of a Girl in a Moscow Station

A hybrid novella of prose poems, drawings, and collages

Andrea Clark Libin

ISBN: 978-1-7234369-6-1

88 pages / 6.5" x 6.5"

Pub Date: 9/7/2020


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Andrea Lbin's new novella of prose poems, drawings, and collages, Orphan of the Moon—Notebook of a Girl in a Moscow Station, is a tale of survival, wary friendships, a longing for family and a search for a makeshift home that can hold childhood’s phantoms. The immediacy and lyricism of her writing is a gritty and resolute determination on how one survives in a world that has abandoned its diligence to humanity. To read this novella with its found-fragments and characters toughened by abandonment means walking through the sputtering lights of Moscow train tunnels in a state of makeshift prayer. “We are born children of blood, orphans of the moon.”

—Michelle Murphy, Wet Cement Press

“Andrea Libin’s powerful writing in Orphan of the Moon has allowed her to achieve the near-impossible:  to create what can only be described as “terrible beauty.”  The fraught tension, the bittersweet reflections, the absolute and often horrifying vividness of her protagonist’s difficult life, and even the monikers she attaches to her characters, all combine to create a truly haunting, menacing and mesmerizing story.”

g—Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno, author of An Invisible Spectator: A Biography of Paul Bowles (Grove Press)


"How exhilarating to encounter a novella this spectacularly imaginative, with every page and collage adding new elements to the building complexity of this resonant story. Libin's lyrical text is as captivating as her collages, what a gorgeous, extraordinary book."

Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew (Penguin Books)


"Andrea Libin's Orphan of the Moon pulls you into a fairy tale of poetic observations, vignettes, and images that make you want to sit on a beach and binge on the entire novella in one sitting. What struck me most is Libin’s ability to capture a world on one page, and make you feel like you're in on the secret. Think of this book as a talisman for the wondrous."

—Grace Murphy, Playwright & Screenwriter