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The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
"When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily." So begins The Almost Moon, Alice Sebold's astonishing, brilliant, and daring new novel. A woman steps over the line into the unthinkable in this unforgettable work 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.
About Alice Sebold: Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Sebold grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended Syracuse University as well as the University of Houston and the University of California, Irvine.
In 1999, she penned a searing memoir, Lucky, about her nightmarish experience as the survivor of a sexual assault, and the trial that followed. But she became a literary star with the publication of her second book, The Lovely Bones. Heralded by advance praise from early readers, it went on to become one of the best-reviewed and biggest-selling novels of 2002.
The Lovely Bones went on to become an unprecedented international bestseller, with translations in 36 languages and American hardcover sales alone of nearly three million copies. Three months after its publication, Sebold's earlier memoir, Lucky, was issued in paperback. It also rose to number one on The New York Times Bestseller list and brought recognition from countless organizations that represent victims of violence and sexual assault.
Alice Sebold has been chosen by the Village Voice as a Writer on the Verge and has written for the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. She lives in California with her husband, the novelist Glen David Gold.
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