The Hunger Moon by Suzanne Matson

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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.

The three women, from very different social backgrounds and age, meet by chance and their lives become unexpectedly linked. An emergency involving baby Charlie and the unannounced appearance of Bryan culminates in a dramatic and satisfying conclusion.

About Suzanne Matson

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Suzanne Matson is the author of The Hunger Moon and A Trick of Nature. She teaches at Boston College and lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Published July 17, 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company. 254 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference. Fiction

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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,...

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Renata and Eleanor are brought together by anorexic dance student June, whom Eleanor hires for help with odd jobs and Renata for baby-sitting.

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