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In CELESTIAL MECHANICS, William Least Heat-Moon embarks on an exploration into the value of knowledge and rational thinking, the essence of being harmoniously alive, and the very nature of the Cosmos. The novel has received rave critical reviews, and is a finalist for the Foreword Reviews 2017 Indie Book Award for Fiction!

In this novel of haunted love, the protagonist, an amateur astronomer, finds himself in a marriage descending toward darkness until the arrival of his sister-in-law and soon thereafter the appearance of a witching neighbor who may or may not exist. In ways enigmatic, ghostly, and funny, the three women draw him into the equivocal nature of reality and dreams, the threesome’s influences leading the young astronomer on a journey toward something vastly beyond himself.

William Least Heat-Moon, pen name of William Trogdon, was born of English-Irish-Osage ancestry in Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism and a doctorate in English from the University of Missouri. Among his writing credits, he is the author of Blue Highways, which spent 42 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His five major books and the recent Writing Blue Highways have never been out of print.


High Praise for CELESTIAL MECHANICS

“An erudite, sophisticated, inherently engaging, and unfailingly entertaining read from beginning to end, “Celestial Mechanics” is unreservedly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review

“An entrancing journey toward deeper insight into the cosmos, an exploration readers will share and savor with every masterfully crafted sentence. Highly recommended for fans of Heat-Moon and readers who enjoy philosophical fiction.” —ALA Booklist

“William Least Heat-Moon has taken a story of people making choices incompatible with their own desires and natures and given us a travelogue of the spirit. The trajectories of these three people, each one trying to find their place in a cosmos crowded with distraction and uncertainty, reveal the geography of the self and the gravity of choice. . . . A road trip of souls.” —The Proximal Eye

“This is imaginative work about a man’s quest for true connection. A sprawling, fantastical work about a man’s spiritual journey, Celestial Mechanics is the first novel by William Least Heat-Moon, who is well-known for his best-selling Blue Highways.” –Foreword Reviews

“As mysterious and stirring as a midnight snowfall, Celestial Mechanics invites the reader to ponder their role in the Universe along with the truth-seeking protagonist. Author William Least Heat-Moon is a novelist with a genuine flair for original and deftly crafted storytelling.” —Midwest Review of Books

“The author of the best-selling travel memoir Blue Highways makes his fiction debut with this erudite novel that touches on a multitude of areas, including science, theology, philosophy, and psychiatry. . . . Definitely for fans of philosophical novels and Least Heat-Moon’s nonfiction.” –Library Journal

Past Praise for William Least Heat-Moon

Blue Highways: A Journey into America
“Maybe twice a year I read a book I wish were even longer. This is one of them. I could wish Mr. Least Heat-Moon had driven every blue highway in America.” —The New York Times

PrairyErth: A Deep Map
“Our modern-day Walden.” —The Chicago Sun-Times

River-Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America
“A rich chronicle of a massive and meaningful undertaking.” —Publishers Weekly

Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey
“Mr. Heat-Moon demonstrates such a sharp intelligence, relentless curiosity and fine phrasing that nothing more could be desired.” —Dallas Morning News

Here, There and Everywhere: Stories from the Road
“An essential title; highly recommended.” —Library Journal


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