Alice SEBOLD ... The Almost Moon (Little, Brown, 2007)
ALICE SEBOLD’s second novel, The Almost Moon (Little, Brown & Company), is finally out in the bookstores. The moon symbolises the watchful eyes of Helen Knightly’s dementia-afflicted mother. Wherever she goes, her mother taunts and haunts her. The novel begins with the protagonist snuffing out her “crazy bitch” of a mother: “When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily. Dementia, as it descends, has a way of revealing the core of the person affected by it. My mother’s core was rotten like the brackish water at the bottom of a weeks-old vase of flowers.” The emotional turmoil her mother subjects her to pushes Helen over the edge and into the abyss of insanity. Has it been worth the wait? Read it and find out.
Alice Sebold is the author of a novel, The Lovely Bones (2002), and a memoir, Lucky (1999)
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