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Saturday, January 10, 2009

I'm giving away The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold.

To enter your name for this contest simply post a comment telling me what intrigues you about this book. Please leave me a way to contact you next weekend if you win. Thanks!


Synopsis:


"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.

My thoughts:

I haven't read this book nor do I own a copy of it so I can't vouch for the content. It does sound a tad morbid to me and some of the reviews say it wasn't as good as The Lovely Bones, so I dunno what to say except if you want to try it put your name down in a comment and I'll draw a winner next weekend.

Side note: I don't get the impression this is a Christian book either. I think the first line above is a "dead" giveaway, no pun intended. Well, not really.


44 comments:

Alyce said...

The first line of the synopsis is completely intriguing. It makes me want to know why she would do such a thing.
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bibliophile23 said...

I would love to join this giveaway. Alice Sebold is one of my favorite writers.

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Meg89 said...

Please enter me
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Laura Mazzola said...

Why does this book intrigue me? Well, duh.... why did she kill her mother? Also the title... what is an "almost moon"?

msmazzola(at)gmail(dot)com

Pinoy Contests said...

Please count me in! My email addy: pinoycontests(at)gmail(dot)com

Cheers!

kalea_kane said...

Obviously the first line makes you stop and almost do one of those little cartoon head shakes while trying to confirm that is what you read. I just want to know how does someone get to that point and to the point where it really isn't a shock even to them.

I would like a chance please. :)


Kelly :)

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

Teddy Rose said...

It took me time to gain the courage and to get talked into reading The Lovely Bones, for the same reason as you thought about Almost Moon. Sounded morbid!

I finally did read The Lovely Bones and was so glad I read it. Yes, the topic was morbid but the book was so much more than the main character's disappearence and murder, much more. The writing was brilliant.

That's what intrigues me about winning Almost Moon. I want to read more by Alice Sebold.

I blogged about your giveaway here:

http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2009/01/this-weeks-giveaways-galore_10.html

teddyr66 at yahoo.com

LisaMay said...

I want to know what's happened! What could her mother have done to her?!

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lookatthatbook (at) live.com.au

donnas said...

Please enter me. It sounds like it could be interesting.

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patty said...

the book sounds great..please enter me in the contest..thank you..Patty..wolfie53 at sbcglobal.net

Sandra said...

My mind goes so many directions when I read that opening line. Was her poor mother suffering a great deal? Is this a cold blooded killing? What would possess someone to do something like that? Was her mother a real monster to her? I just have to hear the explanation and what lead up to the killing. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

Francine said...

Thanks for the giveaway. The first line got my interest.

fmd518@inbox.com

Nicola said...

I've heard a lot about this book and it does really intrigue me. How and why she kills her mother is what intrigues. Though I'd also like to get to know these people who end up in that kind of situation.

sharon54220 said...

Please enter me in this contest.

sharon54220{at}gmail{dot}com

Annie said...

Well, the first line, "When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily."

I'm so interested in learning about their relationship and what brought her to this point!

(I had an extremely complex relationship with my mother and this so peakes my curiosity) (no I'm not going to kill my mom lol)

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com
(in Canada)

Jennifer said...

The first line grabbed my attention and as an Alice Sebold fan, I would love to find out how that line came to be.

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mindy said...

it intrigues me because it keeps me wonderung

liane66 said...

I loved The Lovely Bones please enter me.
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Anonymous said...

Alice Sebold wrote a book I really was touched by, "The Lovely Bones.' It was very sad, very dark, very deep but it exampled what a little girl in Heaven who had been raped and killed would feel like about what was being done for her on earth.

Almost Moon seems like one I would like as well. I like human interest stories as long as I temper them with good Christian books to help me keep my Hope in the world.

Thanks for offering to let me sign up. I am very grateful;

Gayla Collins
gayla.c@bresnan.net

guru said...

"When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily."
Best. First. Line. Ever!
I am dying to read the book now.

divaqueenie said...

I'm always interested in reading things that are as far away from my life, just ot get life's different perspectives.

taterbug said...

I really want to know the thought process before deciding to kill her mother. Count me in the running.

Love from Bulverde, Robin said...

Please enter me. Can't wait to find out what happens.

bookrobin(at)gmail(dot)com

malleycc said...

The first line is disturbing/intriguing makes me want to see what is next. I am hoping it is not true just a way of saying she cut some ties away from a controlling mom (I hope). It certainly sounds different. I'll read it.

rebornbutterfly said...

hmmm... sounds interesting!
I just finished read some of brandilyn collins' books and i want to read some more suspense books :)

Renee G said...

I'm intrigued by what causes her to cross the line. rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

Vicki said...

I haven't read The Lovely Bones but it's on my list. I'd love to read The Almost Moon also because I can't imagine my mother doing something so awful that I'd want to harm her in any way, let alone do what Helen does to her mother. What was she thinking? What pushed her over the edge? How could you live with yourself after doing something like that? What happened to her after that? Did she fall on her knees and beg for forgiveness? Was she even sorry? I'd like to read this book and see if I could find an answer to these and other questions.

Marta said...

That first line definitely is pulling me in! Sounds like an interesting book. I really liked her other books, so please enter me ;)

mom2anutball said...

Please enter me!!

Antonette (1crazymomma) said...

I enjoyed Sebold's other books. I've seen this on the shelf at work and have wanted to pick it up and leaf through it. Just haven't had the time though. I like her writing, it makes me think outside my own box.

Stacie said...

Please count me in :)

Kristi said...

Hello,
I just recently finished The Lovely Bones and would love to give another one by her a try. I really liked the first one!

Kristi
kherbrand(at)comcast(dot)net

K. Cleaver said...

Now I have to wonder why she did it. Thanks for including me too.

AmandaSue said...

I'm intrigued by this book because its by Alice Sebold! I really enjoyed her other books and I think she's a wonderful writer (and such a strong person). Thank you for entering me.
unforgetable_dreamer_always AT hotmail .com

Alli said...

I love Alice Sebold! She is a fantastic author and I have really enjoyed her other books. The Lovely Bones is one of my favorite books. And as morbid as the subject is, it sounds interesting.

Kaye said...

What intrigues me is what eventually makes her snap. What was the final straw for her?

enter me in the drawing please
florida982002[at] yahoo dot com

Cheryl888 said...

The first line of the book just totally draws you in and starts you questioning about the events...

PopinFresh said...

This sounds interesting. Please enter me in this giveaway.

~ Popin
proudbookworm[@]gmail[dot]com

MJ said...

Mother/daughter relationships intrigue me!

Katie said...

The first line is definitely intriguing. I'm curious about what the reasoning behind this is.
bball11kt(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

gammawfox said...

I am pretty interested in true crime so this would be a good read to me I think. I know it is not true but just bears resemblance to a true episode. Anyway I would like to try and read it if I am lucky enough to win the drawing.

thanks,
Lela Fox

darbyscloset said...

I'd like to try this book for several reasons.
1. I've heard this title hear and there for a while now and would like to read to see what it is all about.
2. The title reminds me of one of my favorite children's books "Good Night Moon" : )
Thanks so much,
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I want to know why she killed her mother!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Michelle Sutton said...

And the winner is...


Annie!
(AKA Nancy in Canada)

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