The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

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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.
 

About Alice Sebold

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Alice Sebold is a graduate of Syracuse University, and she received her MFA at the University of California, Irvine. She has made her living as a teacher and has also written for The New York Times Magazine. She currently lives in southern California, where she is at work on her first novel.
 
Published October 16, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 324 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Joan Allen fails to breathe sufficient life into Alice Sebold's second novel to make it worth the listen, but she really doesn't have much to work with. Helen Knightly, a divorced mother of two gro

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The New York Times

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Although this novel shares some themes with Alice Sebold’s acclaimed best seller, “The Lovely Bones,” it demonstrates none of the psychological acuity or emotional chiaroscuro of that earlier book.

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The New York Times

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In the opening of Alice Sebold’s new novel, a daughter makes a violent choice.

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The Guardian

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The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Helen Knightly's act of matricide is the bleak engine of this novel a...

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The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Desperate to escape the 'crying, barking and biting' of her mentally ...

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The Guardian

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The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold 291pp, Picador, £16.99 The Almost Moon begins with a shameless grabber of a sentence - "When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily" - and then doesn't let go of you until the book ends.

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Star Tribune

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In this follow-up to "The Lovely Bones," Sebold reminds us that she can still wield her pen like a scalpel, but too often it's more like a sledgehammer.

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Book Reporter

And for as long as Helen can remember, her mother suffered from severe mental issues --- so severe that Helen felt like an outcast in their town.

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AV Club

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Much media hullabaloo has been aimed at the opening line of Alice Sebold's second novel, The Almost Moon: "When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily."

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Entertainment Weekly

In chapter 1 of Alice Sebold's queasy and misguided second novel, The Almost Moon, middle-aged narrator Helen Knightly places bath towels over her elderly mother's face and pushes ''until I felt the tip of her nose snap and saw the muscles of her body go suddenly slack and knew that she had died....

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The Bookbag

I have since read that the events of this novel are meant to take place over twenty four hours, but I still can't work that one out…… however I feel this is a novel I could return to, although I would approach it with a degree of dread.

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USA Today

By the time Helen has had sex with her best friend's 30-year-old son, stripped down to model for an art class and plotted with her ex-husband to pin her mother's murder on a handyman, you'll be choking on your popcorn.Is there a literary prize for most cringe-worthy sentence in a single work of f...

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San Francisco Chronicle

the first couple of chapters - with Helen's mother first merely incapacitated and then dead - contain some of the novel's funniest lines.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mysteries of the Mind: Researchers take aim at schizophrenia's thinking problems Restoration envisioned for Allegheny County courthouse High levels of stress at Carnegie Mellon decried Progress made on preserving blast furnaces, historic farmh...

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Oprah.com

With gothic precision, Sebold takes us through 24 fraught hours in the life of Helen Knightly, a 49-year-old divorced mother of two grown daughters, who has spent her days in the shadow of her mother's mental illness, or as she puts it: "I had moved, married, had children, my own home, a job, but...

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New York Magazine

Alice Sebold’s debut novel, The Lovely Bones, was a feel-good book about a terrible crime.

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