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The Almost Moon: A Novel by Alice Sebold
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The Almost Moon: A Novel (edition 2007)

by Alice Sebold (Author)

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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.… (more)
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Title:The Almost Moon: A Novel
Authors:Alice Sebold (Author)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2007), 304 pages
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Initially I felt compassion for the speaker who reaches the breaking point of taking care of an elderly demented mother to the extent that she kills her mother. I understood the need to call her ex-husband for help, the recalling of what her childhood was like, but then she went too far with what she does. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Definitely the worst of Sebold's work. I anticipated better from her. ( )
  TSBresser | Dec 29, 2019 |
This disjointed tale starts off gangbusters but then disintegrates -- perhaps purposely, as a reflection of the disintegration of the main character.

Helen Knightly, after a lifetime consumed by an increasingly demanding and erratic mother, puts an end to the relationship by killing her. At first, it seems Sebold might be setting up for a murder-or-mercy-killing tale, but Helen's increasingly erratic actions after the fact, make it clear that's not where this story is going.

The problem, perhaps, is that this story really doesn't go anywhere except back and forth through Helen's past. By the final page, she seems to have made a decision, but if the preceding pages give any indication, she may change her mind again and again until someone else makes her decision for her. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Dec 13, 2019 |
An interesting read... ( )
  Awill424 | Jun 9, 2019 |
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If you welcome the unreal disjunction between killing your mother and reflecting afterward how lucky you are compared with the children of the dead, “uncared for” mothers in Rwanda and Afghanistan, then this book will make you clap your hands with joy. If you find the idea that mothers shape their children’s “whole” lives original rather than simultaneously banal and puerilely overstated, then Barnes & Noble, here you come! This novel is so morally, emotionally and intellectually incoherent that it’s bound to become a best seller.
 
...in The Lovely Bones the victim is young and innocent and the killer serial; in The Almost Moon the victim is old and hurtful, the killer barely a murderer at all. There's a similar alertness to the ways in which everyone's a victim and everyone has murderous feelings, and outlandish acts again come out of a need to love and feel loved.... The excess of craziness means we don't have, paradoxically, an intimate sense of what Helen is like: she's sardonic, practical, controlled - but then none of those things, just her crazy parents' daughter.
 
Sebold has an Olympic pole-vaulter’s instinct for going over the top; occasionally my eyes were rolling so hard I had to hold the book directly over my head to keep reading... Part of The Almost Moon’s diminished power might be that, since (and partly because of) the wild success of The Lovely Bones, this genre—the American suburban gothic family dysfunction saga—has become even more of a tired pop-cultural reflex than it was before.
 
Sebold reveals the family's fractured past (insane, agoraphobic mother; tormented father, dead by suicide) and creates a portrait of Clair that resembles Sebold's own mother as portrayed in her memoir, Lucky . While Helen has clearly suffered at her mother's hands, the matricide is woefully contrived, and Helen's handling of the body and her subsequent actions seem almost slapstick. Sebold can write, that's clear, but her sophomore effort is not in line with her talent.
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Sebold, Aliceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bogdan, IsabelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Demange, OdileTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Piqué, EmmaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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.

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