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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View all 6 comments. The rest of the narrative goes back and forth with Helen dealing with the shock that she actually did this and how she will proceed with her life after, and examining the life events in her dysfunctional, complicated family that led her to this point. 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.

Sebold is such a talented writer that what she’s done with this book is nothing short of a travesty.

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On the one hand I understand, on the other there noon still no excuse. Helen grows into a teenager perceiving her family as normal. The thing about dementia is that sometimes you feel like the afflicted person has a trip wire to the truth, as if they can see beneath the skin you hide in.

How could she possibly top this novel? When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily. Her life and the omnipresent relationship with her mother rush in at her sebpld she confronts the choices that have brought her to that crossroads. The moon is whole all the time, but we can’t always see it.

But, the fact that she owned her hatred of her mother at such an early age–she slmost it and expressed it, I mean she OWNED it, but then she only acted out the “loving daughter” part, was so disingenuous.

Goodreads Submission 1 1 3 Mar 31, There seem to be about as many 1 and 2 star ratings as 4 and 5 star. 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.

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She realized her daughters were her strength and she would do almist right thing and accept the judgement that came with her deeds. Ten years ago, during a misguided thd of self-improvement, I pasted smiley-faced stickers on the phone in my bedroom and on the one in the kitchen.

Sebold reveals a whole set of legacies passed on from one generation to another. I could have gotten over the main character murdering her mother which is within the first sentence, so don’t panic about being spoiled if she weren’t so unpleasant in every other respect. Am I supposed to feel sorry for Helen, the daughter of a mentally ill mother she ends up killing a,most her old age? In what seems to be Ms. Cutting off the mother comes more easily, that is, than accepting that bond and understanding it and getting the nightmare to yield interest.

This is the case with agoraphobic Claire and poor Th. Wonder if others picked up on what did. She made an early bid for normality by going away to university, marrying and having two kids; but then she chose craziness, moving a thousand miles to look after Clair.

Seems like a lot of people hated this book… I’m not one of them. I do find how their is little to seold Helen in our eyes believable.

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She divides the world into two classes – the normal, and those like herself and her parents who are “totally fucked”. Wasn’t it enough just to have a mother who was critical and unloving?

There isn’t enough hurt and anguish in her for me to believe she did so out of long-simmering rage. At one point, Mr. Instead, she writes through the voice of Helen Knightly, and Helen tells the reader, right from the beginning, that liking her is going to be a challenge: I likes the way the author presented this and kept my attention through most of the book I would say, up to about close to the end when I just wanted the boys in blue to show up NBC TV style and just put an end to this nonsense.

Aug 02, Diane rated it it was amazing Alixe Return to Book Page. Horrible horrible horrible all over the place, pathetic writing with sad, unlikeable characters. But the justifications for murder or instances of crazinesses, however contradictory, keep being larded on, culminating in her father going sebood and shooting himself. Helen Knightly, a middle-aged woman looking after her elderly mother, commits an act that most could not fathom.


Why has the novel so infrequently visited the most obscure areas of the mother-daughter relationship, sugarcoating hatred and homicidal urges with love? This book was extremely disturbing. How can an author who wrote such a te novel also write this? Yes, Alice Sebold has a great command of the English language and is very poetic at times The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold.

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Is Helen serious when she says that murdering her mother came easily? The rest of the story unfolds as Helen both revisits memories of growing up and deals with what she has done. This is a definite example of how good writing does not always equal a good novel. Is the cultural inhibition too powerful for a staging of the crime of crimes?

Elena Ferrante on Alice Sebold’s new novel, The Almost Moon

Novelty can be overvalued – but so can suspense. Just browse past any of the various true crime cable channels or even prime time nightly news stories and it will be affirmed that this story is not only disturbingly probable but could have been lifted or adapted from one of these re-enacted accounts. Helen and her father bare the strain of her mother Claire’s what seems like undiagnosed, untreated mental instability and agoraphobia for decades.

At one point, she thinks of a alicw her daughter had recommended, nonfiction about a serial killer.

In The Almost Moon, what initially seems so grounded in relatable-to feelings turns out to be a kind of fantasy in its extremes: