Undressing the Moon [NOOK Book]

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"As a child, Piper Kincaid always felt her mother was on the edge of leaving. And then the summer Piper turns fourteen, it really happens. Devastated by this loss, and the rejection she feels from her increasingly distant father, she finds an uneasy comfort with an older man who is equally riddled with sorrow. Discovering desire for the first time, Piper is at first fascinated and strengthened by the attention. But with time, the growing weight of their secret and his need begins a devastating avalanche of events neither is able to control or
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Undressing the Moon

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Overview

"As a child, Piper Kincaid always felt her mother was on the edge of leaving. And then the summer Piper turns fourteen, it really happens. Devastated by this loss, and the rejection she feels from her increasingly distant father, she finds an uneasy comfort with an older man who is equally riddled with sorrow. Discovering desire for the first time, Piper is at first fascinated and strengthened by the attention. But with time, the growing weight of their secret and his need begins a devastating avalanche of events neither is able to control or understand." Now Piper is thirty years old and dying of breast cancer. Reflecting on her life, she is drawn ineluctably back to that summer and haunted with regret. As she attempts to reassemble the fragments of her history, what emerges is the kaleidoscopic portrait of a young woman whose indefatigable spirit prevails, despite shattered dreams.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Piper Kincaid is 30 years old and has already endured three years of treatment for breast cancer. As she considers life with metastatic breast disease, she also returns to the year she was 14, when her mother left and she came to understand how lives get broken. In Greenwood's third novel (after Breathing Water and Nearer Than the Sky), chapters alternate between Piper's story today and 16 years earlier. Her mother collected broken glass and created beautiful pieces of art, but she couldn't live with her husband's fears of losing her. She managed to get away, leaving Piper and her older brother, Quinn, with their father, who eventually found a new girlfriend and ostensibly moved out. How Piper grew up that year without either parent, how she and her best friend, Becca, discovered performing, and how she became aware of the neediness and cruelty of others intersects with Piper's cancer ordeal. Greenwood uses glass to represent both beauty and baseness, creation and destruction, and life and death. This beautiful story, eloquently told, demands attention. Highly recommended. Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal" Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758262264
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/30/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 267,339
  • File size: 494 KB

Meet the Author

T. Greenwood
T. Greenwood is the author of Breathing Water, Nearer Than the Sky, and Undressing the Moon, the latter two both Booksense 76 picks. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and, most recently, the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in the D.C. area, where she is also an aspiring fine arts photographer.
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Reading Group Guide

1. How does the metaphor of broken glass carry throughout the novel? Do you believe that in the end Piper is truly able to "find grace in wreckage"?

2. Why do you think Piper allows Quinn to believe that Mr. Hammer raped her? How would you characterize Piper's relationship with Mr. Hammer?

3. Piper's mother abandons her when she is still emotionally a child. How does this abandonment shape the remainder of her life? If you were Piper, would you have attempted to reunite with your mother? Why or why not?

4. Becca seems to be totally selfless when it comes to her friendship with Piper. What does Piper offer to Becca in return?

5. Do you feel that there is some sort of resolution at the end of the novel? If so, how? If not, what questions remain unanswered for you as a reader?

6. Illness and acceptance of death are prevailing themes throughout the novel. How does Piper's illness, and her acceptance of death, relate to the events in her past? How does her illness affect the way she perceives her history and its impact on her life?
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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Haunting

    My first read by T. Greenwood but will be going back for more. Having grown up in a small town in New England and in a similar environment as the main character, I was entranced by this story which bounces back and forth between then and now. Hauntingly beautiful descriptions of places and emotions. Left me in tears; melancholy, but also nostalgic. Very emotional reading for me. Loved it!

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