The Almost Moon

By: Alice Sebold


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.


Helen- main character, 49 years old

Claire- mother of Helen, 88 years old, sick

Jake- Helens ex-husband

Natalie- best friend of Helen

Hamish- Natalie's son whom Helen slept with

Sarah- Helens daughter who Helen confessed to

Favorite Passage

“To take the tops off all the houses and mingle our miseries was too simple a solution, I knew. Houses had windows with shades. Yards had gates and fences. There were carefully planned out sidewalks and roads, and these were the paths that, if you chose to go into someone else's reality, you had to be willing to walk. There were no shortcuts.”
― Alice Sebold, The Almost Moon

I chose this passage because it reminds me that everyone has to go through heart ships in life and everyone has to take the same amount of time to grow and and there are no shortcuts down the road of life.

Book Review

This book was a very interesting read and I was unable to put it down the majority of the time. Having said that, the plot was also kind of hard to follow. It also has a sad and depressing vibe throughout the book. For example, the amount of hate Hellen has for most her family and the permanent action she makes toward her mothers life.