Crooked Moon

Crooked Moon

4.6 11
by Lisette Brodey
Crooked Moon, first and foremost, is a human drama, an emotional journey into the lives of two women and those closest to them.

As children, Frankie Cavalese and Callie Mason were the very best of friends, growing up together behind opposite walls of a row home in a blue-collar neighborhood of Philadelphia called Rainytown. The friendship they shared was special -


Crooked Moon, first and foremost, is a human drama, an emotional journey into the lives of two women and those closest to them.

As children, Frankie Cavalese and Callie Mason were the very best of friends, growing up together behind opposite walls of a row home in a blue-collar neighborhood of Philadelphia called Rainytown. The friendship they shared was special - the kind that storybook heroines had - and neither ever considered the possibility of it not lasting forever. But after high school, life interfered and circumstances separated them as they each went on to live in drastically different worlds.

Twenty-three years later, one hot unsettled summer, their lives come crashing back together when Callie, who has led a life of privilege, returns to Rainytown and finds her old friend still living in her childhood home, unmarried, and caring for her angry dying mother, Ruby. Frankie is faded. Her signature tenacity is threadbare as she routinely implores her playboy brother, Paulie, to help ease the burden of being their mother's sole caregiver.

As the two women reconnect, Frankie tries to forgive Callie for abandoning the friendship, while Callie wrestles with the guilt of having disappeared.

To complicate the fragile reunion, Callie's marriage to her husband, Jackson, is suddenly at risk, further muddled by the affections of (and attraction to) Paulie. Tensions and passions explode in the sweltering heat, and amid pain and tragedy, each woman not only ends up with a life-altering secret regarding the other, but the burning question of what to do with it.

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Saberlee Books
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Meet the Author

Lisette was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles where she held various positions at Paramount Studios and CBS Studio Center.

Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area. Visit her at

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Crooked Moon 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
EmilyMM More than 1 year ago
A TRUE CLASSIC TALE OF FRIENDSHIP, LOVE AND HONOR Lisette Bordey is truly a wonderful and gifted writer. Each page of her book "Crooked Moon," touches on an aspect of human nature in all its ugliness and beauty. The characters aren't just well written they are truly people. While reading it, I found myself saying, I have met this person, maybe the name is different, but the personality is not. It is a tale of how insecurity, jealousy and self interest can lead one down a road that can damage or break friendships, marriages and ruin lives. Yet it is not a tragedy it is a glorious book of friendship, growth and honor. Callie and Frankie, childhood friends find each other again and in doing so help heal not just each other and their own relationship but. further strengthen the bonds of Callie's marriage. For Callie and Jackson now empty nesters have lost some of the thread which held them together and must learn who they now are and what is truly important to them. While Frankie's brother Paulie and her father Louie have to face themselves for the first time with honesty, accepting their mistakes in life, healing old wounds and growing to be men. Lisette's tale is so beautifully told that you will laugh and cry. You will cry tears of sorrow, anguish and joy and you will carry the story with you, not just during the reading of it, but through the days that follow. Crooked Moon rivals Little Women in its development of the characters and honest depiction of friendship, relationships and human nature. I highly recommend this book. Marta Moran-Bishop
MariaSavva_Author More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Frankie and Callie were childhood best friends, more like sisters than friends, living next door to each other in Rainytown, a less than desirable neighbourhood. Their friendship was something that helped them through life's hard lessons. When Callie moved out of the neighbourhood she left her friend behind and always regretted doing so. Her life had changed and her social circle was not one where her friend would have felt comfortable. Twenty three years later, Callie is back in Rainytown after her Aunt's death, and the two girls meet again. Whilst Callie dearly wants her best friend back in her life, Frankie is bitter and resentful about the way Callie had written her out of her life years before. We follow their turbulent struggle to get their friendship back on track, and encounter many colourful and believable characters along the way. It's a very entertaining read and in parts is unputdownable. The ending is very moving. All of the characters seem so real, it almost feels as though you are watching them living their lives as you read the book. By the end of the book I felt as if I really knew them. The book is very well written. There is one small issue that was slightly distracting for me: when the author is describing characters' movements she does like to say 'left hand' or 'right hand', 'left foot' or 'right foot' when it really would suffice to say 'a hand' or 'his foot'. There are quite a few occurrences of this, e.g. 'he placed his right hand on her left shoulder' - too much information, sounds a bit clumsy and only slows down the action, in my opinion. But this is a very minor issue. To sum up, this story is about everyday people and everyday lives and deals with subjects to which we can all relate; friendship, trust, loyalty, family secrets, bereavement, forgiveness. Lisette Brodey has painted the characters in her novel like an artist with a brush, breathing life into them so that they come off the page. There is depth and insightfulness in her writing. There are many thought provoking passages throughout this fabulous work of fiction. I would highly recommend the book to lovers of great fiction.
jbkirkpat More than 1 year ago
Crooked Moon's author, Lisette Brodey, has given us a novel with every quality similarly imbued in her characters. It is intimate, genuine, full of heartfelt emotion, and has taken a lot of abuse from me. It never mattered how slowly I read through these pages, or how time crept past while I did other things. Gloriously honest and familiar as a very good friend, Crooked Moon welcomed me back and renewed the conversation as though I'd never been away. Usually, only very familiar authors can bring that to us. We find those qualities in stories we've read before, ones we learn to love through visiting them again. So refreshing to know an author who gives that to us in our very first reading of her work. This novel remains intimate, in small settings which are never claustrophobic. It remains intimate, in conversations that sound like a few we've had one time or another with people we love. Crooked Moon remains intimate, by showing us people who want to cry - and we want to cry with them - because sometimes a weary heart cannot help it. Ms. Brodey's wonderful story remains intimate, by giving us such very small joys, which nonetheless make us rejoice when we find them. From such writing we celebrate characters for our lifetime, characters like Willy Loman, Tom Joad, Martha Hill, and Melanie Hamilton. Crooked Moon's Frankie Cavalese - Mary Frances to her brother - is one such unforgettable character. She breaks our hearts as she succumbs to the weariness in her soul. Lisette Brodey lets us put our arms around this character, to embrace her and help her find strength again. Crooked Moon is perfect - and real.
ReviewsByRae More than 1 year ago
Crooked Moon is a Women's Fictional novel all about friendship, love, endurance, struggle, and forgiveness. Two childhood friends, Frankie and Callie, reunite after 23 years but on bitter terms. Callie left home for college, and never came back. Frankie stayed exactly where she was. At her mother's. After 23 years, Callie is married, with two kids on their way to college, and Frankie is still in the same house, acting now as caregiver to her dying mother. When Callie's aunt Emily dies, and she has to return to pack her aunt's possessions, things get interesting when Callie learns that Frankie is still the neighbor. Will Frankie forgive Callie after all these years? Will Callie be able to mend her long lost broken friendship? With Frankie's new best friend, and quite interesting woman, Regina, her womanizing brother Paulie, her dead beat dad, and dying mother Ruby, Frankie has enough drama. Now with Callie's reappearance, Frankie is second guessing many things, and finding a part of herself she thought to be long gone. As Callie desperately tries to regain Frankie's friendship, she also struggles to keep things at home from falling through as everything in her life changes. Lisette did an amazing job on this book, and I have to recommend it to anyone with both a sense of humor, and a taste for heart felt drama. Five butterflies to Lisette Brodey's Crooked Moon!
Rosco More than 1 year ago
Lisette Brodey created an unforgettable atmosphere of friendships, love, secrets, and ultimately betrayal in her powerfully written novel, `Crooked Moon'. I was immediately drawn into the main characters, Frankie and Callie, childhood friends who parted ways and went on to lead totally different lives. Twenty-three years later they reunite and their lives are thrown into chaos. The drama builds throughout this masterfully written tale. As a reader I could relate to all the emotions as the circumstances' and characters are highly believable, engaging, and true to life. A well illustrated story with remarkable depth and substance to it. If you enjoy reading page turning, character driven storytelling, you are guaranteed pure reading enjoyment. I strongly recommend, `Crooked Moon' as a must read for all.
petxpert More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Literary Fiction - A Must Read! The story of two best friends coming together after 23 years apart is a heartfelt journey of emotion, growth and love with some misunderstanding along the way. I was totally immersed from the first page when Callie reflects on the intervening years before seeing her childhood friend, Frankie, again. The characters are well drawn and belivable, the book is a page turner. Highly recommended!
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JourneyAS More than 1 year ago
Lisette Brodey's lustrous prose and quick wit make this story both moving and page-turning. Living next door to each other in Rainytown, a blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia, Frankie and Callie were the very best of friends. Even Paulie, Frankie's brother, had a crush on Callie. However, when they grew up, Callie went off to college and married a well-to-do hunk while Frankie got stuck in Rainytown caring for her depressive mother. Though she missed her best friend, Callie never went back to her old life until her dear aunt, who had continued to reside next door to Frankie's family, passed away. Upon Callie's return, the two friends are understandably cool with each other, and when Frankie's Mom, who is battling terminal cancer, drops a bombshell-secret on Callie and makes her promise to break it to Frankie gently--after she is gone--it causes a major problem between the two trying-to-reconect friends. Add to this Callie's shaky marriage and undeniable attraction to Paulie, and the problems between them begin to seem insurmountable. I throughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't wait to find out whether these very-believable characters were able to solve their differences and salvage their relationship. And I still laugh when I think about The Naked Matador. He is but one example of the author's wit. After reading Crooked Moon (even the title has a poignant meaning), I am definitely looking forward to picking up another one of Ms. Brodey's novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not really enjoy this book as the characters seemed unreal and the dialog wasn't "real" as in the way that people relate to one another. The names of the characters should have clued me in to the fact that this was not a book I'd like, they all had eeee names:Callie, Frankie, Paulie kinda sickening. The story gets old and a bit repetitious, I did not finish it.
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RichardHale More than 1 year ago
Callie Hethers and Mary Frances (Frankie) Cavalese were the best of friends. Growing up, they shared everything, even a secret kind of code they would tap out to each other between the walls of their buildings late at night. Through grade school, middle and high school, they stuck together and though they came from different backgrounds, nothing got in the way of their friendship. Then everything changed. Callie left for college and never came back. Marrying into the wealth and luxury of her roots, Callie left Rainytown for good. Frankie, always proud and outspoken, tried not to let it show, but the betrayal by her dear friend hurt beyond measure. Years pass and when Callie's aunt dies and she must return to Rainytown to prepare the old house for sale, they are thrust together again and must face each other's past and present. Only, they are both in for surprises that are life altering. The story of life on both sides of the tracks, drew me in and never let go. I fell in love with both Frankie and Callie, and they have lived in my dreams for the last several days. This is when I know a story is the quintessential best-seller it should be; it stays with you when you are finished. Miss Brodey's characters come alive on the page and, as a good literary work should, draws you into the life and soul of the story, enfolding you in all its glory, daring you not to become embroiled in its real and fantastic world. CROOKED MOON is a winner! I look forward to reading all of this author's works. Bravo!