The Almost Moon

A Novel
By Alice Sebold (Hardcover Book, 2007)
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.

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).

  • "It's brilliantly paced, it's brutally honest, and the Gordian knot at its core-an abusive mother and her traumatically attached daughter-is depicted with such generous intelligence that the fineness of the novel more than surpasses its own horror show of circumstance....[a] haunting, searing novel..." (Boston Globe).

  • "...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).

  • "Sebold writes brilliantly about the dangers of a narcissistic and victimized identity; about murderous self-pity and its overweening sense of entitlement.  Helen Knightley is a character who makes the spine creep, and The Almost Moon is a mature, salutary and timely novel." (The Times).

  • (Library Journal).

Product Details

The Almost Moon
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $24.99 US/$28.99 CAN
  • Pages: 304
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316677462
  • On Sale Date: 10/16/2007
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