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Set in the American Southwest, Edna and Luna is the story of two women: a lonely, recently widowed eccentric and a much younger new age healer. Facing old age and a hysterectomy, Edna, at 70, reminisces and ruminates about her losses as she makes unsuccessful attempts to start a new life. She tries to befriend her hairdresser, her gardener and a man she meets at a senior d ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published September 28th 2016 by Vine Leaves Press
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Christine
Edna and Luna is an unconventional little story (164 pages) by first time author Gleah Powers. Reading Ms. Powers’ Goodreads profile, she has a lot of lifetime experience that prepared her for writing this tale. Write what you know, right?

The novella is set in the American Southwest. Edna is an older gal, a childless widow, who is finally realizing that she is not going to have anyone to take care of her when she is hit with the infirmities of the elderly. She can be curmudgeonly, but I really l
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Two women, Edna and Luna, forge an unlikely friendship and traverse through life’s ups and downs. Edna is dealing with life in the Southwest as a widow and it’s much more difficult than even her country club friends realize. Luna is a mid-thirties new age healer dealing with her own form of isolation. A chance meeting at the grocery store changes their lives forever.



Two strong, independent women are front and center in Edna and Luna, which delights me. No hair-pulling, no back-stabbing, just two
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Ginny Buccelli
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is quite refreshing to read about two strong female characters who don't fall into a pre-defined trap of romance, or worse, a romantic triangle. Edna and Luna each seem so familiar to me, perhaps because they could be women I know.

Edna is moving down the path to curmudgeon-hood, and Luna has found herself at a loss within her own intuitive powers. Separately they grapple with insecurities, unhealthy romantic relationships and worries about their future; together they each become a force of n
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Ann Epstein
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gleah Powers tells an unusual story of an unusual friendship between two people who differ on nearly every variable on a sociodemographic checklist. What they have in common is that they are both women who inhabit the landscape of the American Southwest and refuse to accept the labels and expectations placed on them. A beautifully written book.
Valerie
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: journeys, women, life, healing
I was asked to read this book by the author, whom I have never met, nor do not know her work. We have just moved into a new home 3 weeks ago. I agreed to read her book, with a disclaimer of, 'it taking me longer than usual, because I am busy'.

But, as I began to read, I was immediately drawn in by a unique storyline and quirky set of main characters. In fact, I've finished the book in one week. I really liked this book, a lot. In fact, it was difficult for me to put down. (Yes, that means totes
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Sue
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Edited - changed rating to 3 stars; in reality a 3.5.

It took me a while to get into the rhythm of this quirky novel. As it happens, I live in the Phoenix area, where the book takes place, and I kept getting bogged down in the mention of exact places - the intersections of streets that really exist here. It hit me like name dropping, only with locations.
What I realized as I neared the end of the story was though I was looking for the finely crafted character and relationship story, this was more
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Ali
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
An unusual but lovely story about an unlikely friendship between two women. Extremely readable and engaging.
Marion Marchetto
Seventy year old Edna Harwood is adjusting to life as a childless widow. She is finding it difficult to fill the void of her lonely days and tries to make the most of her relationships with her hair stylist and her gardener. Until she runs into a strange young woman in the supermarket who is trying to determine the vibes of the fruit to see which ones she should purchase. The young woman is thirty-five year old Luna McLaren - spiritualist and healer who has had the 'gift' since her teens. She ha ...more
Kymberli Ward
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant

Thanks to Gleah Powers for the invitation to read and review her book. I had no idea what to expect, and have finished it with a very reflective feeling. I'm not certain that's the word I'm looking for, but Edna and Luna is absolutely one l will recommend.

I can't be sure I've gotten the plot completely, but I believe it may be deliberately open to the reader's interpretation. I found it both simple and complex, emotional and detached, with an abundance of over- and undertones. Is Luna g
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Theresa Milstein
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I lent this book to my mom before I got to read it. She said 4 1/2 stars, so I'm rounding up. She felt the author was original. The plot was well-presented. She liked the young pregnant mother's journey over time. She thought the relationship between the younger woman and the older was woman was poignant. Now I want to get my book back!
Justine K. Bunnell
Offbeat

Thanks to Leah Powers who asked me to review her book. I enjoyed it very much as it reminded me of Fannie Flagg's "Fried Green Tomatoes". Two very diverse women coming together through odd circumstances and forming a deep relationship. Each completed the other in ways neither expected, as they forged a loving family. This book was sweetly delicious
Kate
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet, quirky story about family, those we have and those we choose.
Nancy Silk
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Everyone Needs A Caring Friend"

This novella is a great story of two women. One is a widow, Edna, who is lonely and eccentric as many women are as they must face the challenge of being alone and independent. The other woman is much younger, Luna, age 35, who is a spiritual healer. She'd left her abusive husband and now lives in a rundown trailer park. These two women meet each other in a local grocery store ... a not too nice meeting. But, they eventually build a relationship which leads them to
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Anne
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anne by: Author
This little novella had many directions in which it could have been developed into an story which would have grabbed me more. It felt like it had a great start to characters in whom I could have been emotionally connected to. Just should have been longer and more developed.
Annalisa Crawford
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A story of loss, grief, hope, and friendship, beautifully written with a poignant and gentle touch.
Jackie
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Shelves: first-reads
A very sweet story of two very different characters who come together and support each other as they move through live's challenges.
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Born in Chicago and raised and educated in the American Southwest, Gleah Powers has led a life by turns grounded and nomadic—a perfect preparation for discovering in herself the voices of Edna and Luna. In her early teens, she lived with her grandmother in Phoenix. At 18, she travelled with the production of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point. (Antonioni, suffering from insomnia, liked that ...more
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