The Almost Moon

By Alice Sebold (Trade Paperback, 2008)
A woman steps over the line into the unthinkable in this brilliant, powerful, and unforgettable new novel by the author of The Lovely Bones and Lucky.

For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and now grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. Unfolding over the next twenty-four hours, this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate. It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$16.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316067362

    • On Sale Date: 09/08/2008

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Audiobook, Electronic Book, Electronic Book

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A woman steps over the line into the unthinkable in this brilliant, powerful, and unforgettable new novel by the author of The Lovely Bones and Lucky.

For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and now grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. Unfolding over the next twenty-four hours, this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate. It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page.

Alice Sebold is the bestselling author of The Lovely Bones, a novel, and Lucky, a memoir. She lives in California with her husband, the novelist Glen David Gold.
  • Praise for The Lovely Bones:

    "Mesmerizing . . . . The Lovely Bones takes the stuff of neighborhood tragedy and turns it into literature." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "Heaven is a place where artful little books are as big as this." (CBS Sunday Morning).

  • "A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished, one which readers will have their own difficulties relinquishing, long after the last page is turned." (Los Angeles Times).

  • "A stunning achievement." (The New Yorker).

  • "A triumphant novel. . . . The breakout fiction debut of the year. . . . It's a knockout." (Time).

  • "A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time . . . . A deeply affecting meditation on the ways in which terrible pain and loss can be redeemed--slowly, grudgingly, and in fragments--through love and acceptance." (New York Times).

  • "Book clubs, take notice: practically every paragraph is a talking point." (Newsweek).

  • "Those who stick with it will be rewarded with staggering insight into human emotions and actions, even those that seem most unexplainable....This author sees straight through to the soul, and she doesn't flinch." (Dallas Morning News).

  • "Alice Sebold makes us listen to women we don't want to listen to: a rape victim, a murdered teenager, and, now, a daughter who's smothered her elderly mother to death.  She attends to the kinds of people who, historically, have been doubted, ignored, or shamed into silence. She can describe shocking acts of violence and long periods of recovery in prose that is at once deeply sympathetic and surprisingly maudlin-free...Sebold can still write beautiful, haunting scenes." (Washington Post Book World).

  • "Sebold's unblinking authorial gaze is her hallmark: where lesser writers would turn...her scrutiny never wavers." (Lev Grossman).

  • "It's difficult for any author to handle the pressure of a first-run success, but Sebold has taken it in stride....The Almost Moon is another home run, a story with a plot wholly different from The Lovely Bones but just as beautifully constructed, fearless and fast-paced....impossible to put down....It is neither a sequel to The Lovely Bones nor a replica; instead, it ventures into startling new territory."  (Rocky Mountain News).

  • "From the opening line of The Almost Moon...we recognize Alice Sebold's hand: her sensuous yet impeccably direct language, her world where the poignant and the gruesome intertwine.  Sebold has a track record of writing so movingly about chilling subjects that she has become something of a cultural bard." (Houston Chronicle).

  • (Library Journal).

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The Almost Moon
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
  • Pages: 320
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316067362
  • On Sale Date: 09/08/2008
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