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The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg
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Apr 25, 2012

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bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, book-club, summer-2012
Read from August 07 to 08, 2012

Nan has "run away from home" when she turned fifty. She got into her car by herself and drove down country roads, avoiding the interstates, so she could take time to really see things. She spent time talking to strangers, and thinking about her life and what she wanted. The book is written as a combination of thoughtful entries into a journal, and letters that she sends home to her husband. She loves him, but has felt that he doesn't really "see" her lately.

Most middle-aged women could identify with many of the issues that Nan is facing as she grows older in a society that values youth. The book is introspective and humorous. Occasionally, the book took on whinny tones and I felt that this wealthy "empty nester", who didn't work or have any other pressing responsibilities, could have appreciated the good things in her life more.

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