Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #16

Friday Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

So Friday Book Beginnings you choose the book you are currently reading or the one that is closest to you and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you simply turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy. Then just add maybe a synopsis about the book in case others are interested. That’s it!

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
Published: September 8th, 2008

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Synopsis: For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and now grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. Unfolding over the next twenty-four hours, this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate. It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page. 

Beginning: When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily.

Page 56: I positioned my mother’s body so that, standing three steps down into the basement, I could grab her around the shoulders and, walking blind and feeling for each stair with my foot, could use my body to keep her from tumbling into no-man’s land below.

Thoughts: I read this book years ago. The opening line is great and definitely draws you in. I remember feeling too young while reading this but I may enjoy it now that I’m older. It’s a very dark tale and goes to strange places.

Would you give this a read? Or have you?

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9 Responses to Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #16

  1. Kathy Martin says:

    Good heavens! This sounds intriguing. This week I am spotlighting Allegiance of Honor by Nalini singh. Happy reading!


  2. Bev Bouwer says:

    Gasp…that beginning! I loved The Lovely Bones by the same author. I'll have to look for this one. Enjoy, if you decide to read it again.

    Here's my Friday read – Anxiety for Beginners by Eleanor Morgan


  3. I read this one a while ago, too, shortly after reading her other books. I remember enjoying it. Maybe it's time for a reread? Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “MYSTIC SUMMER”


  4. That opening sentence is definitely a grabber! I enjoy stories about older women, and this sounds like a good one.
    My Friday post features THE REVENANT.


  5. Breana M. says:

    I haven't read this book, but it seems okay.


  6. fredamans says:

    So she tends to her, makes sure she doesn't fall down the stairs, but killing comes easily. Wow. Eye opening when you put them together… lol
    Happy weekend!


  7. I haven't heard of this until now! You are completely right when you say that the first sentence really draws you in! I don't know if I'll like it though, just because it seems so dark and morbid. Here is my Friday 56 for this week! Happy reading!


  8. I remember this book and actually think I have a copy. Now I'll have to look for it. Happy Reading!


  9. I still haven't read this one – I'll have to change that some day!
    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).


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