Posted by: michelle @ books my kids read | May 24, 2009

The Almost Moon

The Almost Moon

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

There were a lot of negative reviews about this book, but I think it’s because many people are not quite ready to read a book with an opening sentence of “When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily.” I found this book to be incredibly gripping. It was very well written, and you were drawn in to actually feel something for the daughter.

The story is told by Helen, a 50 something woman who is worn out from looking after her elderly mother. Her father passed away some 20 years earlier and her mother is suffering from dementia and has long been agoraphobic and basically mentally unstable. We slowly learn more about Helen and her family through flashbacks and memories.

What Helen has done is shocking; the act of killing her mother is definitely not the last thing to shock you though. And yet, you somehow understand what she has done and feel for her. She has gone through so many things that have led her to the act of killing her own mother.

Alice Sebold has a way with difficult materials. She takes tragic and painful stories and somehow infuses them with great depth and feeling. This is well worth reading.

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