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On an eastbound North Carolina interstate highway, the mountains and her hometown far behind, Cassandra Moon realizes that she has not only broken the heart of the one man who's ever asked her to marry—on their wedding day, no less—but she's driven the limousine into the ground, gotten "skunk drunk" on the champagne, and has somehow managed...
On an eastbound North Carolina interstate highway, the mountains and her hometown far behind, Cassandra Moon realizes that she has not only broken the heart of the one man who's ever asked her to marry—on their wedding day, no less—but she's driven the limousine into the ground, gotten "skunk drunk" on the champagne, and has somehow managed to get herself stuck in the sunroof while still in her wedding gown. Caught in a whirlwind of taffeta and tulle, heartache and second guesses, Cassandra desperately needs some peace of mind. When she arrives in the coastal town of Salter Path—disheveled and in the company of a mysterious red-haired seafaring man—Cassandra knows for sure that her life has taken a turn she can't quite understand. But the people Cassandra encounters on this unexpected odyssey will share with her the hurts and hopes of a lifetime, and she may finally realize that getting lost in this oceanside town, in the memories and dreams of its people, is the only way she'll be found.
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On an eastbound North Carolina interstate highway, the mountains and her hometown far behind, Cassandra Moon realizes that she’s not only broken the heart of the one man who's ever asked her to marry–on their wedding day, no less–she’s driven the limousine into the ground. Cassandra realizes she needs to find peace within herself and a new life. A mysterious red-haired, seafaring man rescues her from her broken-down limousine but soon realizes she needs more help than the car. When the mysterious man drives her to the coastal town of Salter Path, Cassandra knows for sure that her life has taken a turn she can’t quite yet understand. The people she encounters on this unexpected odyssey–including a wise, winsome thirteen-year-old girl in need of a mother, a group of spirited women, and a man who might see her better than she sees herself–will share with Cassandra the hurts and hopes of a lifetime. At the age of forty-five, Cassandra may finally realize that getting lost in this oceanside town, in the memories and dreams of its people, in its magical and haunting history–is the only way she’ll be found and get a second chance at love.
From Pam Duncan, acclaimed novelist of Moon Women and Plant Life, and recipient of the 2007 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, The Big Beautiful is a graceful story of self-discovery and boundless faith. The following discussion questions are intended to enhance your reading of this novel.
Posted November 25, 2009
Pamela Duncan has magnificently written a compelling tale of life, love and relationships. A sequel to "Moon Women", this novel chronicles fortyish Cassandra Moon's journey toward understanding herself and ultimately discovering her place in the world. The story begins on Cassandra's wedding day, where in a panic she flees in the wedding limousine, leaving her befuddled groom at the altar. She had suddenly realized that she was marrying for the wrong reasons. Middle-aged and overweight, she had been convinced that she was lucky someone was willing to marry her at all. Desperately needing a place to gather her thoughts, she heads toward the North Carolina beach town of Salter Path. It is here among the welcoming townspeople that she has a chance to truly find herself.
Ms. Duncan is an extraordinary storyteller who completely captivated me in the opening pages and never let go. Her brilliantly-crafted cast of unique, intriguing characters provided many laugh-out-loud moments. As I read, I thoroughly enjoyed how eloquently she captured all the nuance and charm of the South. I really loved this wonderfully entertaining book and I highly recommend it!
Posted June 24, 2008
I wanted to love this book, but just couldn't quite get there. The writer completely nails the rythms of the language and family relationships for that part of country. And yet...the main character was so oddly drawn that I just couldn't completely accept her. She's supposed to be this 42 year old woman yet she seemed to have the attitude and behaviors of someone much younger, like in their early twenties. I kept wanting to say to her 'are you, like, mentally challenged or something?' It was really odd. In other words, how can someone be that innocent at that age unless she had been locked in a closet for 20+ years? Still, if you love reading books for the beauty of language, then this one will work, but if you have any emotional maturity at all you will wonder at the main character.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
As her family looks on and her father A.J. encourages her to take a dump or get off the pot, Cassandra Moon thinks of Pride and Prejudice and her dad¿s last second ¿advice¿. Dennis waits at the altar to exchange vows, but instead Cassandra flees from the rural Western North Carolina church and steals his limo that he was going to use to take them to Asheville for their honeymoon. --- Cassandra drives across the Tarheel state to the ocean where she stops at Salter Path for no reason except that she is drunk, half stuck in the sun roof, and thinks the next landmass is Portugal and she has no passport. There the overweight fortyish Cassandra muses that there must be more to life than she has lived as she wants her own Darcy to love and to be loved. Apparently the townsfolk knew her mother Marvelle so they adopt Cassandra while Hector the sea captain keeps giving her that Darcy look of desire. --- Though the rural Carolina dialogue takes some getting used to, the adjustment is worth the time as this sequel to the MOON WOMEN is a well written character study of a person seeking their niche in life. Cassandra is an interesting protagonist but in many ways the geo-eccentric townsfolk of Salter Path steal the show with home grown wisdom that they try to pass on to the confused visitor. Regional contemporary fiction readers will enjoy Cassandra¿s odyssey. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2012
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