Set in the early 1900s, THE IMPROBABLE WONDERS OF MOOJIE LITTLEMAN is a heartrending, coming-of-age story, with a dose of humor and magical realism. After his mother dies in a freak accident, eight year-old, disabled Moojie is sent by his disapproving father to live at St. Isidore's Fainting Goat Dairy, where he befriends a clan of outcasts from an alternate universe. Six years later, this forbidden friendship and subsequent events reveal an extraordinary boy’s tale of loss and connection, first love, and self-discovery.
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Moojie Littleman had a tough start to life. Born in the 19th century, being orphaned, biracial and deformed did not really help his case. When he was adopted by the Littlemans, his mother loved and protected him as much she could. But after her death, his father packed him off to his Grandfather's Dairy Farm. It was like Moojie never had a chance against life until he decided to take control of it by doing his best. Unlikely friendships along with the hardships of life shaped up the little Moojie into a wonderful person as he grew up.
Moojie starts of as this sad little character who you wish would catch a break in his life. But things really turn around for him when he makes friends with the group of ‘hostiles’ and he starts working hard at the farm. As a reader I saw the growth and development of his character right through the pages. However, it is not just Moojie’s character that surprised me. Without giving out any spoilers, let me just say that there are other characters who will tickle your interest in them and help shape the story, as well as Moojie.
The plot, the narration and the language – everything surprised me as I, frankly did not expect anything of this caliber from a debut author. It is pretty difficult to believe that this is Robin Gregory’s first work. If I hadn’t known, I would have expected this book to be a work of a season writer with at least 4-5 books under her belt already. The world building and the plot delivery is just flawless.
I have to admit that the title of the book almost made me ignore the book and surf on… it was the cover of the book and the blurb that caught my attention and I decided to give this one a try. The decision turned out to be a wise one. I thoroughly enjoyed the book with its vibrant characters and beautiful narration.
Review Copy received via NetGalley