The Almost Moon

The Almost Moon

A Novel

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A woman steps over the line into the unthinkable in this brilliant, powerful, and unforgettable new novel by the author of The lovely bones and Lucky. For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and now grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. Unfolding over the next twenty-four hours, this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate. It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2007.
ISBN: 9781415945964
1415945969
Branch Call Number: ONLINE
Additional Contributors: Allen, Joan 1956-

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maipenrai
Feb 17, 2013

** stars This amazing book begins with a woman murdering her aged mother who suffers from advanced dementia. Over the next 24 hours, Helen confronts her life and relationships. What a premise! I had to find out how the story ended. It has some macabre humor. I cannot really recommend the book, but if you are fascinated with the vagaries of the mother - daughter dance, you may really like this book.

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SuzeParker
Dec 13, 2011

Alice Sebold is a talented writer, and certainly not prone toward lighthearted topics. In The Almost Moon, Sebold opens the book on the evening Helen, the middle-aged daughter who long has been the emotional captive of a mentally ill mother, chooses to take her mother's life. In the story of the next 24 hours, Sebold unfolds in raw detail the story of Helen's upbringing in a home where no one is whole. After she kills her mother, Helen reflects on her warm and loving father, ostensibly a stable presence in her young life, who nevertheless came home one evening and carried out a bloody suicide. The Almost Moon is dark, unhappy, generally plotless and so rife with dysfunctional characters that Hamish, the 30-something, still-lives-with-his-mother son of Helen’s best friend, with whom Helen has sex shortly after murdering her mother, comes off as a genuinely kind and intelligent character in comparison. Despite the fact that several of the book’s other characters seem to genuinely care for Helen, she rejects closeness and turns her back on all of them. Like her mother, Helen clearly has veered out of touch with reality. Apart from Sebold’s writing, there is not much to recommend this book.

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