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Moon Women
     

Moon Women

4.5 9
by Pamela Duncan
 

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ISBN-10: 0440236487

ISBN-13: 2900440236480

Pub. Date: 08/26/2008

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

In the lush North Carolina foothills, the Moon women have put down roots: matriarch Marvelle Moon, who’s losing her grip on the world after more than eighty years of life; her daughters, Ruth Ann and Cassandra; and Ruth Ann’s nineteen-year-old daughter, Ashley, fresh out of rehab, unmarried, and three months pregnant. Despite Ruth Ann’s best

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In the lush North Carolina foothills, the Moon women have put down roots: matriarch Marvelle Moon, who’s losing her grip on the world after more than eighty years of life; her daughters, Ruth Ann and Cassandra; and Ruth Ann’s nineteen-year-old daughter, Ashley, fresh out of rehab, unmarried, and three months pregnant. Despite Ruth Ann’s best efforts to live a life that’s all her own, her family is coming together around her. Marvelle and Ashley need a place to live and Ruth Ann is unable to turn them away; and her womanizing ex-husband has been coming around again, dredging up the past. Now a flurry of outbursts, emotions, and outrages is shattering Ruth Ann’s separate peace.

For here is Ashley, who has spent nineteen years running furiously away from home, now finding herself on a strange journey with her unraveling grandmother. And here is Cassandra, protected by layers of obesity and loneliness, wondering how to put magic back in her life. And Marvelle, slowly losing touch with reality, privately contemplating the story of her life and the secret that would change everything for everyone—if they only knew.... By turns fierce and tender, harrowing and heartbreaking, Moon Women resonates with emotional power, holding us captive under its beguiling spell.

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ISBN-13:
2900440236480
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512

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Moon Women 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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MsLava More than 1 year ago
Not so much. I would not put this on my must read list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have passed this book along to my female family members and my female friends, and I have not known one who hasn't related to this book! What wonderfully drawn characters! You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll say 'uh huh, I know what you mean!!!'. Read and enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ruth Ann, Ashley, & Marvelle became members of my family. It was well told and you felt you were there experiencing all the happiness & sorrows. These were experiences each and everyone of us will live through at some time. The writing and story line were very similar to Pat Conroy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author spends a great amount of time developing the characters in this book and I thank her for it. Now, the Moon women are friends of mine too. These folks live, as most of us do, surviving the bad times, savoring and remembering the good times, and always looking forward with anxiety and hope for the times to come. Most people who read this book will look at Ms. Duncan's creations and see pieces of themselves or their family members embedded in the words she wrote. I know I did. I had a gandma with some of Marvelle's traits and a sister somewhat like Ruth Ann. Come to think of it, there's probably a few A.J.s, Cassis and Ashleys around too. This book is a different genre for me - no detectives, serial killers, sports, courtroom scenes, or blood & guts at all. Still, there was a mystery in each character, an unknown that kept me turning pages and wanting to know more about these women and the few men they had under their spells. If anyone thinks this book is just for women, they are going to miss one heck of a good read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Life should get easier when children grow up and leave the nest. Fiftyish divorcee Ruth Ann Moon expects to enjoy solitude in her North Carolina home, but that is not the case. The family matriarch eighty-two year old Marvelle no longer can care for herself so either Ruth Ann or her obese sister Cassandra has to take the elderly woman into their home. Ruth Ann¿s teenage and pregnant daughter Ashley has just left rehab and returns to the nest.

Ruth Ann wants the best for her family, but feels like the inside of a sandwich squeezed from the two generations above and below her. She needs space, but even in rural Carolina, Ruth Ann finds her family pressuring her. Cassandra adds to the problem because she desires to leave but lacks the courage to go. She also dumps on Ruth Ann, who sees a future of death, despair, and dependency.

Though set in western North Carolina, MOON WOMEN describes the problems facing the baby boomers as the generation prepares for retirement. Ruth Ann deals with elder care and teenage pregnancy and addiction problems among other issues. The story line uses too much colloquial speech that provides a regional flavor but at times the vernacular slows down the plot. With the exception of Cassandra, the three generations of females are all powerhouses though the bread generations are struggling with life and the middle generation confronts dilemmas caused by the outer twosome. Pamela Duncan takes a deep look at the dawning of the end of the Age of Aquarius crowd.

Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written story from a new Southern voice. In the foothills of North Carolina you come to know three generations of Moon women and each one sees life from a different perspective, each trying to find something they have lost or have yet to encounter. The characters will make you laugh and cry. It is a tale with everything you need to consider it true reading pleasure. A must for the beach or wherever you do your summer reading.