The Almost moon by Alice Sebold

About the book

Helen Knightly has spent a lifetime trying to win the love of a mother who had none to spare. And as this electrifying novel opens, she steps over a boundary she never dreamt she would even approach. But while her act is almost unconscious, it also seems like the fulfilment of a lifetime’s buried desire. Over the next twenty-four hours, her life rushes in at her as she confronts the choices that have brought her to this crossroads.

Reviewed by The Olive Tree

Extremely well devised story of a dysfunctional family. Explores all kinds of self but unexpressed feelings around family and life generally.

Star rating: ****

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2 thoughts on “The Almost moon by Alice Sebold”

  1. Review by CC Readers
    Not a comfortable book to read but all found it compelling. Some understood the reason why Helen killed her mother, others found this reprehensible. The first person narration made the story more upsetting. The title and the reason behind it was of interest and thought to be beautiful. A very American novel with intense self-scrutiny. Well written.
    Star rating: ***


  2. Review by Alton Library Thursday Group
    We found this book gave rise to some telling discussion on various subjects of social conscience and social responsibility. It was thought to be a compulsive but not enjoyable read.
    Star rating: ** to ***


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