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The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

The Almost Moon

by Alice Sebold

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Although quite disturbing and difficult to read in places, this book held my interest. I wanted to keep reading to see how it ended (which I didn't like, but won't ruin for others). ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
I did finish this book and I have given it three stars because, given it is a difficult subject, she writes well, although at times does draw out the action too much for my liking. I did have some sympathy for Helen at the beginning, looking after her mother was difficult. However, her later actions were quite ludicrous and my sympathy waned and then I just wanted to know how Alice Sebold had decided to end this complicated and difficult novel. ( )
  Tifi | Sep 4, 2016 |
Daughter kills his emotional disturbed old mom. A mental journey. Leaves you hanging.
Read by Joan Allen - Good
  Indygirl | Aug 5, 2016 |
Seriously, what the hell am I reading? This is so screwed up that I can't even get behind it. Killing your mother? Bad, but fine. But all the ensuing crap? It just doesn't make sense.

No. Just no. ( )
1 vote imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
Alice Sebold
  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
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When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily.
And there it was, the hole that had given birth to me.…This was not the first time I’d been face-to-face with my mother’s genitalia.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316677469, Hardcover)

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.

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"With fierce intelligence and emotional intensity, Alice Sebold brings us a searing portrait of a mother-daughter bond that descends into murder. Clair and Helen Knightly are a parent and child locked in a relationship so unrelenting that they have become the center of each other's worlds. But as this novel opens, Helen crosses a boundary she never thought she would approach. And while her act is almost unconscious, it somehow seems like the fulfillment of a lifetime's unspoken wishes." "Over the next twenty-four hours, Helen's life rushes in at her as she is forced to confront the choices that have brought her to this one riveting crossroad. As a woman who spent years trying to win the love of someone who had none to spare, she now faces an uncertain and dangerous freedom. With her unflinching ability to confront the violence and danger that lurk beneath life's everyday surface, Sebold explores the complex ties within families, the meaning of devotion, and the thin line that separates us from our most haunting impulses. The Almost Moon is a story of passion and redemption written with the strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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