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Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

I read The Sugar Queen and Garden Spells in November; I declared Sugar Queen my favorite novel of 2009.

I quickly became a Facebook Fan of Allen and noticed she was releasing her third novel in March of this year. I couldn't wait. But wait I must and finally, I finished the book.

And it was wonderful. Allen has an incredible story-telling talent that makes me feel like some of the mystical characters can do to others: I feel warmth, happiness, I glow.

And this is a common theme that Allen has in her novels: the ability to make me feel warm and happy...and to glow...while I read her words.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon is set in the sleepy BBQ town of Mullaby, North Carolina. Emily comes to live with her grandfather, Vance, after her mother passes away.

Emily realizes that she knows nothing about her mother as a young girl and learns the hard way that her mother was not the ideal person before becoming a mother. Emily deals with hostile welcomes and being shunned by town folk for the things her mother had done as a young girl.

But she has an ally in her neighbor Julia, who, despite being a target of Dulcie's (Emily's mother) teasings, puts Emily under her wing and defends her against the hostile folks of Mullaby, NC.

There are two concentric story lines here: one of Emily and what she learns about her mother, and how she impacts her mother's legacy; the second of Julia and how she finds forgiveness and leaves the past behind.

There is sadness: I cried quite a few times throughout this story. It touched my heart: the heartbreak of finding out the boy of your dreams doesn't really want you; the cruelty of kids towards other kids; the vulnerability to let down your guard knowing the risk of being hurt...again. Allen pulled at my heartstrings in so many ways, but uplifted it too.

It's a wonderful story from an amazing storyteller. The intricate way that she has, at weaving in mysticism into real just makes sense. The idea that one could see sweetness coming off cakes? I can see that being real.

The story involving Emily, and the mysterious, but dapper Win Coffey, has an element of Twilight to it, which gave my heart a flutter or two.

Thank you again, Sarah Addison Allen, for bringing me another joyous read. How you do that in only 269 pages is truly a gift.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, I can't wait to read it now! I really enjoyed Garden Spells!