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
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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
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
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
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
I like REAL characters, offensive or othe ...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
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
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
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
As I first started getting into this my initial thought was that this was so absurd that I actually laughed. But when I thought about this premise more closely I realized it's not absurd at all. Just browse past any of the various true crime cable channels or even prime time nightly news stories and it will be affirmed that this story is not only disturbingly probable but could have been lifted or adapted from one of these re-enacted ...more
Unfortunately Sebold's work seems to have declined since The Lovely Bones, and this extremely similar new book is nothing new and it was totally predictable. The Almost Moon had a great plot though, and the potential to have been a really amazing novel.
I do not feel that every book has to have likeable characters, or a happy ending, or even do things throughout the story that make sense, but I just could NOT get on board with this.
There was something about the content, writing style, and tone of this novel that was entirely lacking and very strange. I spent most of the tim ...more
Sebold has repeated imagery used in The Lovely Bones, practically verbatim. She's also reused surnames of characters. Initially I assumed this was to make some sort of callback to The Lovely Bones, implying this Stolfutz fellow w ...more
She comes from a terrible childhood and is now trying to take care of her agoraphobic mother who has onset dementia. Helen makes a sudden decision that will affect not only her life but her entire familys', and she spends the next 24 hours reflecting on her past.
It was a b ...more
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