Sebold’s disappointing second novel (after much-lauded The Lovely Bones) opens with the narrator’s statement that she has killed her mother. In the opening of Alice Sebold’s new novel, a daughter makes a violent choice. This is the problem with Alice Sebold’s new novel, “The Almost Moon.” The book starts with the narrator, Helen, killing her elderly mother, Mrs.

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Why someone who is clearly loosing it should act in a way a sane reader finds believable?

The book, told in Helen’s voice, is about the 24 hours that follow the matricide. This book is about and told through the voice of Helen.

Elena Ferrante on Alice Sebold’s new novel, The Almost Moon

My full review of this book is much longer than GoodReads’ word-count limitations. Novelty can be overvalued – but so sebole suspense. Like I said, do not read this book.

The Almost Moon is out in paperback. Want to Read saving…. Dec 05, Ann rated it liked it Recommends it for: Helen has taken care of her from childhood, has tried to protect her, above all, from being a bad mother, a demented mother and hence incapable of disguising her hostility through the rituals of the apparently good mother.

And continued to be weak and sick, all through her marriage, hurting her husband and her children all while openly hating the mother that she insisted on caring for, and then finally killing that mother. Some readers will undoubtedly find Helen such a difficult narrator that they will be unable to empathize with her. Knightly is out of town. By the end if the book you have the full picture and you get it. The son was grown, and apparently had a crush on this woman for a long time, but still, I don’t understand how you can have sex with someone who is the child of your best friend.


It really and truly is that bad. Her life and the omnipresent relationship with her mother rush in at her as she confronts the choices that have brought her to that crossroads.

What we see is an almost moon or a non-quite moon.

Elena Ferrante on Alice Sebold’s new novel, The Almost Moon

What the rest of this delightfully wicked story is about, then, is a fascinating and detailed look at the decades leading up to this moment, told in a non-narrative “hyperfiction” style that jumps from early-childhood to just yesterday at the blink of an eye, painting one of the deepest portraits you’ll see in contemporary literature of a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship, and of all the teeny, tiny, strange, entertaining, depressing, hopeless, fascinating ways mpon relationship affects the way the woman deals with each and every other person in her life too.

I just thought she was selfish and a horrible person. Not because the writing is poor — in fact, just the opposite. Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.

The subject of this book is Helen, who quickly suffocates her mother in the first chapter, and aliec the rest of the book to explain her actions, never becomes sympathetic. Am I supposed to believe that Helen acted out of her own mental illness? However, Almost Moon sounded so bad that I just had to find out how bad it is for myself. Nevertheless, I think it’s a good read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I must applaud Ms.

I am a young adult librarian, and I still struggle on whether I want to add it to the collection because it is told in such a moob way. As Helen gradually teases out the truth about her father and mother, and about her own marriage and family, the reader as gradually begins alcie understand that opening line of the novel.


E ancora si fatica ad accettarle, ad accoglierle. It was, as I said, worse than the murder she’d just committed, IMO. That being said, I hate to say that ‘Almost Moon’ was such a disappointment to me.

I was into it from the first page, and I couldn’t help crying my eyes out. Jun 12, Carin rated it really liked it. God, I really hurt people when I did that.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In fact, I’m surprised that I ever made it past page 44, which as another reviewer tye noted, contains some of the absolute worst lines ever written.

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The Lovely Bones, and although several people told me that this book was totally bizarre, I had to read it and judge for myself. This page was last edited on 18 Juneat Wasn’t it enough xlmost to omon a mother who was critical and unloving?

I love how you’re just toodling along, reading away, and suddenly, BAM! I found the characters, both past and present, believable and sympathetic and powerfully motivated.

I likes the way the author presented this and kept my attention through most of the book I would say, up to about close to the end when I just wanted the boys in blue to show up NBC TV style and just put an end to this nonsense. Oct 27, Caroline thee it did not like it Shelves: I mean, that feels almost incestuous, doesn’t it?

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