“Blinding the Moon” is local author Marti Healy’s ninth book, her third novel; a beautifully produced softcover, hand-numbered, limited edition.
The book features a unique approach for the author relative to story development; it is structured around the highly fictionalized yet real life experiences of two of her longtime friends: Chad Mitchell, former folk singer with The Chad Mitchell Trio, and photojournalist/former rail-rider Dale Wickum (whose work can be found on the website “Following the Tracks”).
The story is set in the 1970s, a distinct era which, for some, was a decade known iconically as “sex, drugs and rock and roll.” In Healy’s version, however, it’s more about “betrayal, jail time, and folk music.”
Although not her typical subject matter, the style of writing is Healy’s trademark narrative – bringing the reader into the story experientially, carrying them into all the sights, sounds and feelings of the characters, settings and situations. It is written lyrically, to respect and reflect the inherent cadence, rhythm and music of life.