A moving first novel about the power of friendship to change lives, that will remind readers of Anne Tyler and Alice Hoffman.Renata, a waitress, has left her boyfriend Bryan without telling him he is about to become a father. She drives cross-country to begin a new life in Boston with her baby son, Charlie, hoping to stay free of emotional entanglements and the associations of a painful childhood. Eleanor, a seventy-eight-year-old widow, finds herself gradually stripping away the layers of complication in her life until she is living in virtually a plain white room. June, a young dance student, is dangerously obsessed with thinness to mask her loneliness.
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Against a lulling background of bringing-up- baby trivia (Renata learns to breast-feed, gets Charlie to sleep in his crib, feeds him solid foods, etc.), the three women form a limited but genuine connection that offers them solace at a time when Eleanor is struggling with her weakening faculties,...| Read Full Review of The Hunger Moon
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