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The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
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May 02, 08

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This story of a mother/daughter co-dependant relationship surrounded by mental illness is scattershot, disturbing, depressing, unflinching and ultimately unsatisfying.

A difficult enough read made even more so by Ms. Sebold's insistence on switching from present tense to events of twenty years in the past - back to present day only to then go back thirty years and back again to present day and so on and so on.

The main character of Helen is neither loathsome nor is she sympathetic. I simply found her weak and annoying. There are no villains in this story but there are no heroes either; just a lot of messed up people in a messed up story.

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