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The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
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Nov 04, 10

bookshelves: magical-realism
Read in October, 2009

This luminous book tells the story of a town and its secrets, revealed and concealed. Dulcie Shelby fled her home town of Mullaby North Carolina after something terrible she did. She completely reinvented herself and raised her daughter in the image of this new vision. Her daughter Emily comes to Mullaby to discover her mother, secrets, a grand-father she never knew of. The magic in the air shines and crackles in welcome and in waiting for more revelations.

As Emily struggles to understand what she's never been told, she meets her neighbor Julia, who had reluctantly returned to Mullaby and plans to leave as soon as she can to start a bakery. Julia's sweet concoctions weaves a spell of wonder and returning love as Julia struggles with her own secrets. Where once a secret revealed destroyed lives, the present reveals layers of secrets that when peeled away reveal more to learn and more to love.

A wonderful book, the third by a fabulous writer with wonderful poetic prose.
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