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.
Helen had just murdered her mother, and in the hours that follow, as she awaits her fate, she thinks back on the painful wreck of her life: her abusive childhood, her failed marriage, and her inability to break free from her mentally disturbed mother. THE LOVELY BONES, Sebold's breakout bestseller, was certainly dark--its child narrator told her story from the grave--but THE ALMOST MOON is pitch black. There's little or no hope for Helen, but Sebold's unflinching prose forces the reader to empathize with the novel's damaged protagonist.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Literary, Psychology, Family + Friendship, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Human Qualities + Behavior
- March 13, 2013
- September 8, 2008
- Alice Sebold