Sebold’s disappointing second novel (after much-lauded The Lovely Bones) opens with the narrator’s statement that she has killed her mother. In the opening of Alice Sebold’s new novel, a daughter makes a violent choice. This is the problem with Alice Sebold’s new novel, “The Almost Moon.” The book starts with the narrator, Helen, killing her elderly mother, Mrs.

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Helen refers to this as the fulfilment of a lifelong dream. View all 4 comments. But, in my opinion, the plot itself was absurd. I suspect that maybe I was supposed to feel sorry for Helen, but instead I found her to be thoroughly unpleasant, and I started wishing that she’d go ahead and kill herself, too. I usually give a novel fifty pages to get its hooks in me.

I must applaud Ms. I found the characters, both past and present, believable and sympathetic and powerfully motivated.

In fact, I have seen women like the main character in the news What the rest of this delightfully wicked story is about, then, is a fascinating and detailed look at the decades leading up to this moment, told in a non-narrative “hyperfiction” style that jumps from early-childhood to just yesterday at the blink of an eye, painting one of the deepest portraits you’ll see in contemporary literature of a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship, and of all the teeny, tiny, strange, entertaining, depressing, hopeless, fascinating ways the relationship affects the way the woman deals with each and every other person in her life too.

My full review of this book is much longer than GoodReads’ word-count limitations. This book feels like it came from a different planet.


In The Almost Moon, what initially seems so grounded in relatable-to feelings turns out to be a kind of fantasy in its extremes: I don’t recommend reading this entire book obviouslybut if you’re into brief spurts of masochism, mosey on over to the library and pull this book off the shelf just to read page I think it is a very unique book in its perspective and helpful in analyzing the thought processes of the mentally ill, which is why I recommend it.

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold.

We plan our lives based on its rhythms and tides. But that’s what it’s supposed to be, it’s supposed to be poisonous, it’s supposed to disturb the reader and make us feel bad and I thought it was very well crafted.

The Almost Moon

Was it because the story was about an unsympathetic narrator who kills her aged mother in the first chapter? Am I supposed to feel sorry for Helen, the daughter of a mentally ill mother she ends up killing in her old age?

The simple detail that Helen grew up in a house where the walls and tabletops were covered with moom black and white photos of Clair wearing lingerie was enough to make me sympathize with Helen, especially as more of the backstory unfolded. And throughout the book we learn about morally questionable things Helen has done in the past as well as watch her commit even more crimes against humanity. I really, really do. I loved the way that the entire novel took place in a 24 hour period as well.

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

I believe that this brutal act of violence may be the catalyst that has caused Ms. Jan 24, Jason Pettus rated it really liked it Shelves: Yes, Alice Sebold has a great command of the English language and seboold very poetic at times Helen starts to clean her, and then impulsively presses the towel over her face until she suffocates.


The unhealthy bond between Helen and her mother Clair is evident when a young Helen eats a whole cookie sheet of candy Clair has made.

However, I have absolutely no sympathy for Helen. In both of these books there was the beautiful and inspiring as well as almozt ugly and devastating. What happens when it is all just too much? Someone you’ve had an adult role in raising since birth.

You start off with the climax, so to speak and then you delve deeper into the characters as you go learning what made them tick. Nov 21, Monty rated it it was amazing. After I realized that I truly did senold like this woman, anything about her, it was even harder to plod through her narcissism over her figure realizing that if she had not taken such good care of her figure she wouldn’t have had the strength to murder her mother, nor be attractive to her friend’s son–oh GAG me!

To describe sebood love seriously is for a daughter a truly complex undertaking. All in all, the book left me disgusted. Oct 31, Leanna rated it it was ok.