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3.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 5 3.08 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Sebold Narrator: Joan Allen Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and 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 has.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sebold’s unblinking authorial gaze is her hallmark: where lesser writers would turn away from things too horrible to see or feel or admit, her scrutiny never wavers.” 


  • “Sebold can still write beautiful, haunting scenes.” 

    Washington Post Book World 

  • “Brilliantly paced, it’s brutally honest, and the Gordian knot at its core…is depicted with such generous intelligence that the fineness of the novel more than surpasses its own horror show of circumstance.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “Along with its buoying dark wit, it is this eerily familiar blurred line between sane and insane that makes The Almost Moon simultaneously uncomfortable and absorbing.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle 

  • “Alice Sebold is not just talented but very bold.”

    Arizona Republic 

  • “Sebold can write, that’s clear.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “From the opening line of The Almost Moon…we recognize Alice Sebold’s hand: her sensuous yet impeccably direct language, her world where the poignant and the gruesome intertwine.” 

    Houston Chronicle 

  • “Sebold brings to the portrait such honesty and empathy that many will find their own dark impulses reflected here.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 6/30/2011

    " Same author as Lovely Bones - I enjoyed it a lot - my mother in law thought it was too dark "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caitlin | 6/29/2011

    " It was no Lovely Bones, but a decent read. Also, it totally reminded me of my grandmother. Shudder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 6/23/2011

    " Very twisted book. Brought me to a very depressing state of mind. Was at the point of not wanting to continue the book at some points - but in the end I did finish it and am glad to be done with it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trisha | 6/23/2011

    " Pretty interesting novel. It was a little more twisted than some of the works I usually read (the murder, suicides, and mental illnesses, etc) I couldn't help but wonder in the end: Who was truly mentally ill: Helen or her mother? "

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