Please Don’t Come Back From The Moon

“Bakopoulos’ endearing first novel . . . is a tale that, despite the boys’ empty longing, is full of hope.”


DEAN BAKOPOULOS’ first novel, Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon, was a New York Times Notable Book; he co-wrote and co-produced the film adaptation, which debuted at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. His second novel, My American Unhappiness, was named one of the year’s best novels by The Chicago Tribune, and his third novel, Summerlong was an independent bookstore bestseller and is now in development as a television series.


“There is no better guide through a hot summer in the heartland than Dean Bakopoulos.”

Jane Hamilton, The Book Of Ruth and A Map Of The World

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6 hours ago

The CDC says You’re playing so cool
Obeying every rule
Deep way down in your heart
You’re burning, yearning for some
Somebody to tell you
That life ain’t passing you by
I’m trying to tell you
It will if you don’t even try
You’ll get by if you’d only cut loose

6 hours ago

I’m really disappointed in everybody here today. I feel like we all did a terrible job today. We are all just messes.

16 hours ago

Professors can stop making the “but they’ll have deadlines in the real world” argument re: late assignments

In the real world, students will be getting paid to do work. They’ll figure out a deadline.

For now, they’re paying $$$. Worry about teaching them, not being a boss.

My American Unhappiness

“Dean Bakopoulos is a writer to watch, a novelist to cherish.”

Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter