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Moon Women

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,076 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
In the lush North Carolina foothills, the Moon women have put down roots: matriarch Marvelle Moon, who’s losing her grip on the world after more than eighty years of life; her daughters, Ruth Ann and Cassandra; and Ruth Ann’s nineteen-year-old daughter, Ashley, fresh out of rehab, unmarried, and three months pregnant. Despite Ruth Ann’s best efforts to live a life that’s a ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Dial Press Trade Paperback (first published August 7th 2001)
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Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
Moon Women is Pamela Duncan's debut novel. What a captivating, heartwarming and funny story with a great cast of characters!! It's about 3 generations of the Moon family women - grandma, mom and her youngest daughter. The story is set in the South and full of family drama, family love and yes, there's a family secret!
I will say for those who don't like to read books written in the manner in which a person who lived in that area would really speak - Moon Women is written in Appalachian English.
Long, long ago... I read this novel. I forgot that I had read it, and I read it again, in 2012. I have never reviewed it... Just one of those books from days before I did so, but it has never left me. I believe that I will read it again, if I can find a copy, and perhaps this time I should keep it.

Strong women with screwed up lives - not by choice; circumstance and opportunity, obligation or duty, relationships pulling them away from their gifts. The longer I've known them, the more I've loved
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I know these women. Actually,
some of them are kinfolk.
And I love these people; you
can't help but love these
ladies. Trouble comes and
the women deal with it, over
and over and over. Recommended.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love books about generations of women, their interactions, their struggles, their conflicts, and the love they share within a family. This is just such a book, about the grandmother, Marvelle Moon, her daughters, Ruth Anne and Cassandra, the granddaughter, Ashley and all the men in their lives. The book begins with Ashley coming home from a half-way house, 19, pregnant, and unmarried. Marvelle is 82, falling in and out of dementia while she remembers her long life with her husband and 12 child ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a book describing the interactions between 3 generations of women ... their eccentricities and relationships.
A lot of time is spent on character development... but their characters are each influenced by the others...
It will make you laugh and cry. You will recognize yourself, and come to understand how many of your idiosyncrasies are related to your family
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads, southern
This book is about three generations of women of the Moon family who live in the mountains of North Carolina. We have the youngest girl, Ashley 19, who has been in all kinds of trouble and ends up pregnant and back at home. We have her mother, Ruth Anne who is at her wits end dealing with her daughter and her ex-husband. We have Ruth Anne’s sister Cassandra, who at 40 is overweight and still single and we have their mother Marvelle Moon who is battling dementia. In this book the women all come t ...more
The book was about 3 generations of the Moon women - with the grandmother, Marvelle Ann; the mother, Ruth Ann, and her sister, Cassandra; and the teenager, Ashley Ann. Marvelle is an eighty-two-year-old widow who is losing her mind and is ready to die. Ruth Ann is divorced and Cassandra has never been married. Ashley Ann was a runaway, but is coming home because she is pregnant. I enjoyed following their lives, reading how Ashley and Marvelle interacted with each other. A book about relationship ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light, enjoyable read. No surprises (well, maybe one), no horror, no evil. Just a story about three generations of North Carolina women and their men and family joys and heartaches. Written in the dialect of the area, this book is engaging and earthy. I felt as if I could actually see and hear the characters as they went about their daily lives, and their relationships were realistic. This book reminded me of Fannie Flagg's novels. A nice break from some of the darker books I read. Very well-w ...more
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
What a delightful book! Three generations of Moon women living together and each has a story to tell. The characters are so interesting that you want to hug each and every one of them! I highly recommend this book and would most likely read another book by this author.
Tammy Adams
Oct 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Note to self - do not get any others books by this author! I don't like her writing style.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I enjoyed this book. Marvelle's character reminded me so much of my grandmother.
Wilma Eichler
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Many insightful statements throughout.
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
enjoyable southern chic-lit book! I think most that like a good fun family inspired drama set in south will enjoy this!
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this local color novel about a family of women in North Carolina, readers watch the cross of generations as the characters grow and develop, even bloom. In fact, the characters almost live and breathe and walk off the page. One woman loses her job but gains a better perspective and acceptance of life. The pregnant out-of-wedlock daughter becomes the caretaker of the grandmother suffering from dementia, while the unmarried aunt learns to love herself. Even the men surrounding these strong wome ...more
LyndaIn Oregon
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reminiscent of Karen Spears Zacharias' work, this novel deals with three-going-on-four generations of women in a small North Carolina town, dealing with the changes in their lives, and with the things that don't change.

Ruth Ann Pratt is reasonably happy, alone in the neat little house salvaged from her divorce from the philandering A.J. Her mama Marvelle, and younger sister Cassandra live just down the road in an uneasy truce made wobblier by Marvelle's tendency to come unmoored in time and wand
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I didn't expect to enjoy this story the way that I did. The grammar and the way the words sometimes ran together took some getting used to. But the further I read and the more the characters developed I realized it couldn't be written differently and been as good a read. I highly recommend this.
Tammy  Roberson
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Multi generational Moon women

I greatly enjoyed this book. I liked the southern dialect writing style, but was distracted by the editing mistakes i(run on words) that occur frequently toward the end of the book.
The characters grow as the book progresses and were very believable. I would recommend this book for book clubs.
Betty Ann Burban
Compassionate look into the lives of four North Carolina women.

Love and family and the never ending struggle to keep enduring through hardship and heartache the insight into life in North Carolina thru several decades of change and economic upheaval
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
the book grew on me as it progrsses
Becky Reynolds
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book much more than I thought when I started. I loved the characters.
Karen K. Amidon
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ruth Ann, Cassandra, Ashley and Marvelle speak with some of the truest female voices I have "heard" in a long time. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
Tammy L. Noble
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Book

So glad I decided to get this book. I just loved the story & the characters. Ready for the next book!
Sherry Bledsoe
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is about family. Mostly the women in the maternal line. I identified with a few of the characters and thoroughly enjoyed this book!!!!
Susan Reeves deMasi
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not very exciting plot-wise, but an entertaining read about several generations of an Appalachian family with richly-drawn characters.
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Three generations of Moon women living in a small North Carolina town are trying to do the best they can in life. Grandmother Marvelle is trying to hang around long enough to pass on what she's learned to the next generation. Her wisdom is hard-earned and she knows the youngsters need it. Her daughters Ruth Ann and Cassandra are trying to figure out if the lives they are living are the lives they want. Ruth Ann's daughter Ashley is young but she's already old in experience. As the book opens, Ru ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adults, favorites
I usually avoid books whose description says something like "three generations of Southern women." Through unhappy experience I've learned to expect three rich, leisurely ladies sitting around eating fancy fixin's and plotting how best to get up in each other's business, while the obligatory black maid/cook/best friend weighs in with pithy comments and is often and self-consciously on the author's part the only person with sense enough to bail the ladies of leisure out of whatever allegedly comi ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Three generations of Moon women are the focus of this story set in North Carolina in the 1990's. Octogenarian Marvelle Moon is slowly losing her grip on reality as dementia begins its assault on her mind. Daughter Ruth Ann has just celebrated her 51st birthday and since divorcing her philandering husband AJ has enjoyed the solitude of her new life while her sister Cassandra, now in her mid-40's and dangerously overweight, wants nothing more than to escape her life and her obese body. Ruth Ann's ...more
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book is about several generations of women in the Moon family, in particular grandmother/matriarch Marvelle, her two daughters Ruth Ann and Cassandra, and Ruth Ann's youngest daughter Ashley. Ashley has been a wild child in her youth, and starts off the book in a rehab facility and newly pregnant by a young man she met while there. She has to grow up quickly if she's going to be a good mother to her baby, but she and Ruth Ann just argue constantly. Marvelle is starting to show signs of demen ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: bc-jr, library, read-2012
2.5 stars
This is the story of a family of women with the last name of Moon, who live in North Carolina. As the story opens, Ruth Ann is dealing with her mother Marvelle, who is showing signs of dementia, her daughter, Ashley who has returned home after spending time in a juvenile detention center, and her unmarried sister, Cassandra, who is overweight and spends most her time watching TV. Throw in an Ruth Ann's ex, her brother and a boyfriend for some token males and you have a multi-generationa
I knew I liked this book after reading the prologue. As long as the author doesn't screw up the ending...this one has me hooked!

This is a story of a southern family. When you read that sentence, you may think there isn’t much to it then. What is so special about it? Well, the best part of this book is twofold. The characters and writing. I could tell I was going to like this book after the first 5 pages. There was something about the southern dialect and the character description that caught me
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Novelist Pamela Duncan was born in Asheville and grew up in Black Mountain, Swannanoa, and Shelby, North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina and teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University.

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