The Almost Moon

The Almost Moon

Audiobook CD - 2007
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Helen Knightly has always given her life to others, her mother, father, husband and daughters. When she finally stops life comes rushing at her.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2007
ISBN: 9781415945957
1415945950
Branch Call Number: COM Unabridged Fiction
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (8 hr., 52 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Allen, Joan 1956-

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RioCaliente
Aug 20, 2018

I couldn't get past much of the 1st disk ...... too dark for me! I think you'd have to have a very pleasant, bland life or be very strong mentally to want to undertake this load of misery ..... I don't need a saccharine book, but something more uplifting ...... just finished that classic, "silas marner" by geoge eliot -- more my preference .. ... or is our world too dark now for anything optimistic?

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maipenrai
Feb 17, 2013

** stars This amazing book begins with a woman murdering her aged mother who suffers from advanced dementia. Over the next 24 hours, Helen confronts her life and relationships. What a premise! I had to find out how the story ended. It has some macabre humor. I cannot really recommend the book, but if you are fascinated with the vagaries of the mother - daughter dance, you may really like this book.

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SuzeParker
Dec 13, 2011

Alice Sebold is a talented writer, and certainly not prone toward lighthearted topics. In The Almost Moon, Sebold opens the book on the evening Helen, the middle-aged daughter who long has been the emotional captive of a mentally ill mother, chooses to take her mother's life. In the story of the next 24 hours, Sebold unfolds in raw detail the story of Helen's upbringing in a home where no one is whole. After she kills her mother, Helen reflects on her warm and loving father, ostensibly a stable presence in her young life, who nevertheless came home one evening and carried out a bloody suicide. The Almost Moon is dark, unhappy, generally plotless and so rife with dysfunctional characters that Hamish, the 30-something, still-lives-with-his-mother son of Helen’s best friend, with whom Helen has sex shortly after murdering her mother, comes off as a genuinely kind and intelligent character in comparison. Despite the fact that several of the book’s other characters seem to genuinely care for Helen, she rejects closeness and turns her back on all of them. Like her mother, Helen clearly has veered out of touch with reality. Apart from Sebold’s writing, there is not much to recommend this book.

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