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Song Of The Orange Moons

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  75 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
A mosaic of stories that follow the intertwined lives of three girls coming of age. Two young girls from Jewish and Christian families and their elderly widow next door try to find happiness in a seemingly cruel world. In spite of their different cultural and economic backgrounds, Rebecka, Helen, and Adelle all share the delicate and self-conscious journey to womanhood. In ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published December 16th 2010 by Blooming Tree Press (first published November 12th 2010)
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Gregory Allen
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in Hardcover in fall of 2010, but wanted to share this review on the new Kindle version of this wonderful book too:

Lyrically written with descriptions that linger long after the pages have been closed, Lori Ann Stephens' debut novel of 'coming of age' is a lovely paradigm of genuine friendship. I believe this book will speak to not only women who are going through (or have gone through) the bloom into adulthood, but those that revere the place of the female in our society. (As
Gregory Allen
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Lyrically written with descriptions that linger long after the pages have been closed, Lori Ann Stephens’ debut novel of ‘coming of age’ is a lovely paradigm of genuine friendship. I believe this book will speak to not only women who are going through (or have gone through) the bloom into adulthood, but those that revere the place of the female in our society. (As a man who grew up with a sister and a large extended family of women - I was pulled right into every ounce of the story.) Told beauti ...more
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
From my book review blog Rundpinne ...."It has been quite some time since I read such a beautiful and diverse story of friendships as found in Song of the Orange Moons and I was held captivated by the story caught between wanting to know what would happen next and not wanting the story to end."....My full review may be read here.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Song of the Orange Moons by Lori Ann Stephens grabbed me from the first sentence. Stephens writes poignantly from the perspective of a small child, beautifully from the standpoint of a young woman, and movingly through the character of an old lady. She helps the reader understand the depth of friendship across gaps of age, geography, and time, and she shows how love helps us find our place in the world.
Amy Plum
This book is like a jewelry box full of glistening childhood memories: some delightful, some painful, but all tugging on the reader's heartstrings. Lori has the knack for tapping into universal memories: I could swear that I knew the characters in a past-life and had that magical feeling of personally relating to their stories. Beautifully written and hard to forget.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Deep, real, beautifully written... it reminded me a bit of Margaret Atwood's contemporary works, and I can't think of much higher praise.
Lori Stephens
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's my book, so, eh, I think it's worth reading. Hope you enjoy.
Laura Brownlee
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was written by a friend of a friend. I read it for my book club and enjoyed it. I liked the characters and the story. It makes you think while still being a light read.
Jack Urquhart
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
"When I was four, I found God under our organ." Beginning with what must surely be one of the most arresting and enticing opening lines in recent memory, Song of the Orange Moons, Lori Ann Stephens' wonderful debut, gets right down to the business of beguiling the reader. The instruments of this magic, three female protagonists--two of them young girls struggling to establish their connection to the greater world, the third, their mentor, an elderly widow confronting her mortality--are spun so m ...more
Julie Heckman
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Note: I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway

I really wanted to like this book; it promised coming of age tales from three distinct women of contrasting backgrounds and wove in elements of faith, family and love. Unfortunately, I couldn't seem to connect with the characters enough to make me fall in love with it like I had hoped.

The author narrates the stories from three different points of view - a young Christian woman who comes from a family where the parents faith ba
Kathleen Rodgers
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book TOUCHED my SOUL...

How do you write a review for a story that touches your soul? How do you put into words the emotions that overtake you as you turn each page, highlight whole passages or phases, then stare off in the distance to reflect? How do you tell a fellow author that her work has moved you so deeply that you stop working on your own project for days at a time just so you can spend time in her novel?

This is how I tell her. I leave her a note of thanks:

Dear Lori Ann Stephens,

Melissa Menten
I "met" the author at an online publishing workshop and put this book on my Kindle wishlist. It does not disappoint!

Lyrical writing and great character development combine in this coming-of-age story. The experiences of the three protagonists are so real and moving. I also enjoyed the great descriptive writing, not too much but well done. At times I didn't realize right away the POV had changed at times, but I couldn't wait to read what happened to the characters as each of them had some very pa
Andrea Slot
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful first book. There are hints at the writer this author will one day become throughout the book, too -- she has a gift for nailing the thoughts of young people and for bringing events (such as a dust storm) to life in a way that causes the scene to remain in your memory long after you close the book. A treat to read. I already look forward to this author's next work.
Heather Mauriello
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fascinating glimpse into the personal worlds of three unique females. Written in first person, but the person changes with each chapter. Weaves each character's thoughts and actions around the surface-story with the other characters.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing

A nostalgic and atmospheric look at two girls and an elderly woman as they seek to discover themselves. The beautifully descriptive writing and the frank tellings of each character's story made this a fine read for me.
Susie James

Strange intertwining of three lives- kept waiting for something to happen. Sorry, I didn't really care for it. Good luck.
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