Published August 25, 2021
Available from Amazon
Moonglow Bay is a collection of fictional tales inspired by the filmmaker’s journeys from the ruins of Machu Picchu to the islands of the Spanish Caribbean, from a California fishing village to the mountains of Lebanon. And everywhere we encounter memorable characters ― some lost, some found, some delightfully eccentric, but all confronting the adventure of life with strength and compassion. McCarey’s stories evoke the fiction of Paul Theroux, Richard Russo and John Steinbeck.
A down-and-out fisherman must reconcile with the teenaged daughter he deserted when she was a child. A boy, whose mother has descended into madness, is left with his Zorba-like grandfather in Puerto Rico. A grief-stricken traveler in the cloud forests of Peru encounters two French mimes who instill in him a renewed sense of wonder. A Red Cross volunteer in Lebanon is devastated by the sight of a fire-ravaged nature reserve—her childhood haunt. A young man plans his escape from an island of lost dreams off Cuba's mainland.
Praise for Moonglow Bay
“In Moonglow Bay, Kevin McCarey shares stories of lives widely lived and richly noted, colorful tales of distant worlds held fast to one another through acts of care and character. Here are far-flung outpost of humanity, filled with dreams and disappointments, misfits and misdeeds, that offer welcome ports of call to any of us tossed by the storm.”
- Geoff Luck, National Geographic
"McCarey teases exquisite details from years of travel and weaves them into these moving stories of love and redemption, hope and healing. With richly drawn worlds and a cast of characters that will stir your soul, each self-contained story is the perfect length for those rainy afternoons when you long to lose yourself in a far-off land."
- Carrie Regan, author, Rumors of Savages
"Kevin McCarey is an imaginative talent with a gift for the magical and mystical. His writing reveals a rich understanding of his characters - reveling in their humanity and their eccentricities."
- Vivian Schiller, National Public Radio