The Almost Moon

The Almost Moon

Book - 2007
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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 : Little, Brown and Co., 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316677462
0316677469
Call Number: SEBOLD
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.

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GLNovak
Apr 07, 2017

This is a book that I don't think anyone can like. A woman who cared for a mentally ill mother for years after her father died finally cracks and kills her. Quite the beginning. The rest of the book takes us through the next twenty-four hours where Helen, the daughter, tries to decide what to do, and only manages to make us more disturbed by her actions. By turns she is manic and then so matter-of-fact you wonder if she really has killed mom. The narrative is both present tense and flashbacks of Helen's life, and as you read you come to understand the why of her actions. At least I did. I didn't come to like her or the book but I did come to appreciate her circumstances.

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taylorwoods
Feb 17, 2017

To be completely honest I am so over the place with this one. I like this explanation for how I feel taken from the novel's wikipedia page:

Simultaneously uncomfortable and absorbing. - Kim Hedges, San Francisco Chronicle

I found myself glued to, almost like a nosy neighbor, peeking into Helen's dark life with such fascination and hesitation. Although the story felt messy at times, I felt the portrayel of mental illness was very real.

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mommajam
Sep 16, 2016

It started out well, but quickly deteriorated to the level of a Harlequin romance novel. Very disappointing.

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Cas22
Dec 08, 2015

After enjoying Sebold’s earlier book, “The Lovely Bones”, I was looking forward to this one. Sadly, it did not live up to my expectations. The story of a middle-aged woman making an impromptu decision to kill her mother after years of psychological abuse should have been compelling but, instead, Sebold’s dreary, disjointed and dispassionate account completely failed to engage me. I slogged my way through the book and couldn’t wait for it all to be over.

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MrsCraw
Jul 04, 2015

so grim! if you moved to oregon for the rain and like books where no one is happy then this is the summer read for you! it's a bizarro 'mrs. dalloway' or normcore 'the stranger.'

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Mothercat
Jan 23, 2014

I really couldn't get into this book, and I'm afraid I gave up on it - there are too many other books out there just waiting for me! :))

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Daisy_Girl
Jul 31, 2012

Having not read any of Sebold's other work, I have nothing to compare it to, but I did not enjoy this book. The first hundred pages seemed so bizzare and unbelievable at times. And those first 100 pages just dragged on...

I stuck with it through the disappointing ending, but I felt like the story just didn't come together in the end.

As a side note, this book was given to me by a friend who really enjoyed it, so if you're familiar with Sebold's other books and liked them, give it a try. You might end up enjoying it. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

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JNM1981
Jun 10, 2012

MELTDOWN IT THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE THIS BOOK....

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jsand67
May 13, 2012

I was disappointed in this book. I really enjoyed her first book, but this just wasn't .

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kltoohey
Apr 29, 2012

I couldn't get into it, made perhaps 50pages and gave up. Disliked the writing style immensely.

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westiestimestwo
Apr 14, 2010

mother-daughter bond, intense, raw, powerful, haunting murder, mental illness, the line line

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