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Dark and compassionate, graceful yet raw, Undressing the Moon explores the seams between childhood and adulthood, between love and loss. . .At thirty, Piper Kincaid feels too young to be dying. Cancer has eaten away her strength; she'd be alone but for a childhood friend who's come home by chance. Yet with all the questions of her future before her, she's adrift in the pas...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published September 30th 2006 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published 2002)
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Jodie
Some people think I am crazy when I answer the question of what books I like best and I say sad ones, painful ones, hard to read ones. It is not the sadness and pain I like, but it is all the living before the sorrow. The love, the connection, the growth. You cannot appreciate the white in life without the black. This book was so beautifully written, the parallels between the coloured glass, the drawers labelled holiday and sorrow, the opal, the crimson and blue all reflecting the myriad of emot...more
Tara
Favorite quotes:

But that summer she made me understand that it was not the glass that was beautiful, but the quality of light behind it.



We lie to each other to save each other, and we keep some secrets to save ourselves.



I understood what I’d wanted. I’d only wanted for someone to take care of me. To stay. Someone real. Someone whole. And I understood, finally, she was already here.



A young woman who could possibly die from cancer relives her past in order to save herself. She wants to give up so...more
Melissa
4.5 stars. I like novels that hurt a bit-or actually, alot. This one had a satisfying, steady ache. This, along with emotional descriptons that deeply connect you to the characters, is what T. Greenwood does best. I really enjoyed the dynamics in this story: Piper is haunted by events that took place when she turned fourteen. Now, 29, and dying of cancer, she tries to come to terms with all that has happened to her; to finally sort through the broken pieces of her life. But some relationships an...more
Karen
A beautifully written and complex book about loss, resilience, life and death. The book centers around Piper, a young woman who is dying of cancer and lovingly being cared for by her best friend since childhood. As she takes inventory of her life, she reflects back on the pain of a creative, loving mother who abandoned her in her teen years, a teacher who gives her voice, mentors and seduces her, a brother who acts like a father and father who behaves like a selfish child. The setting is a small...more
Gina (My Precious Blog)
"When you know your dying, things begin to make sense"

Summary: Piper Kincaid, a thirty year old woman with terminal cancer, relives the life altering summer she turned fourteen through flashbacks, as she comes face to face with the increasing reality of her approaching death. That particular summer her beloved mother abandoned her family, leaving a void so large in Piper's life she is willing to fill it unconventionally, even if it means sacrificing herself. A "coming of age" and "coming to term...more
Michael
Piper Kincaid is only thirty-years-old when she feels a lump in her breast and learns that it is cancerous.

Her best friend, Becca, has been staying with her to provide care. However, as the story unfolds, Piper is weak from the effects of the disease and decides to turn off the chemotherapy.

Piper's mother had been a free spirit and spent much time with Piper when Piper was a young girl. The family eeked out an existence based on Piper's father's job. When the factory closed down, Piper's father...more
Anna Tatelman
One of those books that makes me want to share it with every random person I find on the streets. I honestly think this author could write about anything and still make it interesting; she smashes together the strangest blend of characters and plotlines and, with her deftly beautiful writing style, somehow manages to make it all come together. She also handles many topics that are normally quite uncomfortable for anyone to talk about -- without passing judgement, merely writing about them -- so...more
Elise
A good book, especially considering I selected it randomly from the library shelf. The author's prose is lovely (even when, or especially when, describing tragedy and sorrow) but there were some parts that didn't resonate with me, namely, the italicized sections I believe were intended as more "poetry" than prose. I read them several times and the imagery never quite fit. I think it may have been the combination prose/poetry I disliked, not the poetic voice itself. Overall, a good read.
Vianna  Tedder
This is a new author to me and I was immediately struck by the fluidity and gentleness of her voice. Every detail is made with precision and woven together so subtly you realize the love she has for her work.
Hollis
I over this as I've loved all of her books. she touches the depth of our pain and fear and hopes as a human being, but transforms it into something manageable. I loved the ending of this book
Cinemagirl
I really want to write some really amazing things about this book, but I lack the capacity! I can't even begin to describe how I enjoyed reading it. The characters are so beautifully developed it almost felt as though I had met them in real life. I have to admit though, it is very tragic. The main character's life seems so unfair, I felt a bit like Becca, her best friend, rooting for her and pushing her to fight. I also liked the way I could identify with her as the 14 year old girl and as a 30...more
Naberius
Recently, I've discovered this author, and in no time at all, have read several of her books, gulping them down one at a time. There's something about the way that she writes, and the relationships between her characters that just keeps me turning the pages, and then reaching for another one of her books. To date, I've read this book, Undressing the Moon, Two Rivers, The Glittering World, The Hungry Season, Nearer Than the Sky, and Grace. It all started with Grace, actually, and then I had to fi...more
Jake
I always rave about T. Greenwood. She never fails to impress nor does she ever disappoint. Undressing the Moon is an earlier novel of hers that was reprinted because of demand. Every time I go to Barnes and Noble I check to see if she's suddenly released a new book because it seems that is the way I find her. By accident but on purpose.
Greenwood has a knack for imagery. The colors in this novel are vivid and unique. Piper, the main character, has a voice her mom says is the color of "holiday."...more
Abbycadabby
I'm FINALLY getting around to reviewing this book!

I enjoyed this wonderful coming-of-age story. Piper, the protagonist, experiences a lot of heartache and sadness throughout her early years- her father loses his job which paves the way for her free-spirited mother to quietly make her exit from the family. Her father finds another woman and gradually spends more time with her until eventually, he no longer lives at home either. Piper then becomes the responsibility of her brother who while very l...more
Stacy
Another *moving* read, very well written by Tammy Greenwood!

The main character, Piper, is a little girl who is devoted to a world that (feels her) to only include her mother. There were moments that I was left breathless by the way Piper describes and talks of her mother. There were moments when I wish her mother was standing beside me and I could shake her.

Suddenly one day, her mother leaves, leaving Piper with her father, brother Quinn and dog. Pipers grows up, unsteady and unsure; questioni...more
Mom
This was an amazing book. Writing about death should be sad.....but I found this book wonderfully uplifting. Piper's relationship with her friend Becca blew me away. Piper is ready to let go of life but Becca isn't........This line says it all. "It is because of Becca that I continue. I dream the white towel floating down into the center of this ring but she clings to it. She is holding on to it with every bit of her strength and her fists are stronger than mine."_
Wonderful insights into love an...more
Robin
I just picked up this book written by T. Greenwood. I thought I was picking up her latest book, but I am glad that this book fell into my hands.
When I started it, I thought that I might not be able to finish it because the main character, Piper, is dying of breast cancer. I just lost my dad last month.
I am happy that I stuck with it. What prose! The story moves effortlessly from present day to when Piper's mom deserted the family when Piper was 14 years old. I truly enjoyed this story, even if...more
Lisa
Poignant and wonderful - great writing that pulls you in. It was raining here today, so I just pulled up by the fire, and never stopped reading till I was done. It's an easy book to do that with. But it's pretty sad. I found myself feeling sad hours later - couldn't figure out why, but I think it was the lingering effects of this book. It's just the kind of book I love and recommend. Still, my husband is telling me I need more comedy in my life -- I think maybe he's right.
Jenn
Rarely have I read a book that breaks my heart as this one did. Perhaps it is because I identified with the protagonist. We are roughly the same age; she's dying physically. I feel like I'm dying psychologically. She faces her demise, while I am still hiding from mine. We both live solitary existences, isolated from the world around us, entering only when we feel the need. As I read about Piper's life, I tried so hard not to cry for her, for me.
Magoo
I'll be honest any text that in anyway attempts to justify or romanticise the predatory sexual abuse of a child by an adult fails to rate in my mind. And wait, before you persecute me, I did finish the text, hence two stars not one. No amount of pain, grief, loss, dysfunction or loneliness a character endures can ever give insight to these animals' depravity. I detest the preoccupation with the attempt to 'explore' the motivations of both the victim and predator in this power imbalance. No amoun...more
Aimee
I now want to read everything by this author. Finished this one in 2 days (with lots of late-night pregnancy insomnia reading). Beautiful writing and characters with whom I did not want to part. Tragic, touching, and true to life...Piper tells the story of her life and how it was inextricably altered during the course of her 14th year through her current year of 30 as she dies of breast cancer.
Carol
Wow!
Reflections on life, reflections through light.

Great writing from Greenwood. I am a stained glass artist, so i could totally relate to the power of color. The beauty in cracks, how mended things can be better than the original This one had my emotions so bottled up and ready to explode at the end!!
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Janet
This is the story of a young woman dying of breast cancer. She has never married, never had children, and she looks back to her growing up years, when her mother left the family, and how that affected her. It is beautifully written and bittersweet.
Jean Justice
Another author with a gift for putting words together. Topic is a bit sobering but the book is well written.
Maria
Could NOT put it down. I was totally engrossed with it form the beginning to the end.
Jen
Read this book in one day because it is just breathtaking. Truly my newest fave book.
Christa
Beautifully written. I enjoyed the imagery and the themes of loss and broken-ness.
Loriann
Very good. Lots of descriptive writing. Would be a good book club pick.
Tasha
BEAUTIFUL!!! This is one of the best books I've read in a long time!
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T. Greenwood is the author of seven novels. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, the Maryland State Arts Council. Two Rivers was named Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards last year. Four of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks; THIS GLITTERING WOR...more
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