The Almost Moon
So begins The Almost Moon, Alice Sebold's astonishing, brilliant, and daring new novel. A woman steps over the line into the unthinkable in this unforgettable work 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 he...more
I freely admit it; that as a man, there are sometimes things that women do that utterly baffle me, and will probably continue to baffle me until the day I freaking die, just like it is with women regarding men. And that's because, avoiding any kind of qualitative judgment, I think we can all agree that there are fundamen...more
Three short years later Alice follows with a realistic, maybe too real, new novel, The Almost Moon, that promises to ease its way up the bestseller list in a short time. In what seems to be Ms. Sebold’s tradition, The Almost Moon is a dark tale, not a cozy quick read. This story voices some of the worst emotions and fears one coul...more
I also could have gotten past how horrible a person Helen was...if they novel had any kind of point at all. I kept reading in hopes that i...more
Or: "I got her standing with ease, but once she was upright, she collapsed in my arms. It was all I could do not to drop her,...more
When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily. Dementia, as it descends, ha...more
That being said, I hate to say that 'Almost Moon' was such a disappointment to me. I had read all the bad reviews of it and thought 'It can't be that bad.' Unfortunately, it was.
Was it because the story was about an unsympathetic narrator who kills her aged mother in the first chapter? Perhaps.
The rest of the story unfolds as Helen both revisits memories...more
The subject of this book is Helen, who quickly suffocates her mother in the first chapter, and takes the rest of the book to explain her actions, never becomes sympathetic. Instead, It only bec...more
Am I supposed to feel sorry for Helen, the daughter of a mentally ill mother she ends up killing in her old age? There isn't enough hurt and anguish in her for me to believe she did so out of long-simmering rage. Am I supposed to feel outraged at the brutality of the act? Clair i...more
Can someone explain to me why a story has to have likable characters? Why someone who is clearly loosing it should act in a way a sane reader finds believable? I'm pretty sure when I read fight club I didn't think I would act that way... but she's a woman, so she has to be in...more
Alice Sebold, author of reader-acclaimed nov...more
The suspense kept me reading. I wanted to know how it ended. To say it's about a mother-daughter relationship doesn't really convey the sense of the book. It's really a suspense story.
4/13/13 - Addendum
I recently found the following quote among my hand-written notes. I had copied the quote from the book while reading:
p. 204: "The moon is whole all the time, but we can't always see it. What we see is an almost moon. The rest is hiding out of view,...more
First things first. I am grateful for that Sebold seems to have outgrown her ridiculous comparisons. In "The Lovely Bones" I came across a couple of over-exaggerated expressions and comparisons (mostly of the way a character's eyes looked...more
Once I began Almost Moon, I could not put it down. I could understand how a 49 year old woman, a product of a dysfunctional, mentally ill family, could snap under extreme pressure and murder her elderly mother who suffered from dementia. This dark, serious novel, made me smile on more than one occasion by the author's use of clever writing techniques. I loved t...more
Anyway here's my story about this book--
I read this 4-5 years ago, when I happened to be going through a rough spell. I really liked it. It was dark, but it was not depressing to me. I saw a contrasting humor in parts of the story that seemed r...more
It's written in the first person, from the point of view of Helen Knightley, who (and this is not a spoiler) kills her own mother. Readers complain that the subject matter is dark, but so was that of Sebold's first two books. What people really can't seem to forgive is that they don't like Helen.
I didn't need...more