The Almost Moon

The Almost Moon

Audiobook CD - 2007
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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 electrifying 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 unforgettable, a raw and powerful story of passion and redemption."
Publisher: Books on Tape, 2007.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781415945957
Call Number: SEBOLD
Characteristics: 9 CD's
Subjects: Compact discs, Book.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.

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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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