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3.49 out of 53.49 out of 53.49 out of 53.49 out of 53.49 out of 5 3.49 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Elizabeth Berg, Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 1996 ISBN: 9781440723919
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“Reading The Pull of the Moon is like sitting down for a long, satisfying chat with a best girlfriend…. [It] pleasantly encourages readers to recover a little life-embracing enthusiasm themselves.” —Orlando Sentinel

In the middle of her life, Nan decides to leave her husband at home and begin an impromptu trek across the country, carrying with her a turquoise leather journal she intends to fill. The Pull of the Moon is a novel about a woman coming to terms with issues of importance to all women. In her journal, Nan addresses the thorniness—and the allure—of marriage, the sweet ties to children, and the gifts and lessons that come from random encounters with strangers, including a handsome man appearing out of the woods and a lonely housewife sitting on her front porch steps. Most of all, Nan writes about the need for the self to stay alive. In this luminous and exquisitely written novel, Elizabeth Berg shows how sometimes you have to leave your life behind in order to find it.

“This is not a novel about a woman leaving home but rather about a human being finding her way back.” —Chicago Tribune

“When was the last time you thought about running away?…. In The Pull of the Moon, Berg shares her strength, the wonderful widening of her soul so that we, too, can take the journey in the ease of our chair.” —Greensboro News & Record

“Berg’s gift as a storyteller lies most powerfully in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday.” —The Boston Globe

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Berg’s gift as a storyteller lies most powerfully in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Reading The Pull of the Moon is like sitting down for a long, satisfying chat with a best girlfriend…[It] pleasantly encourages readers to recover a little life-embracing enthusiasm themselves.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Breathtaking…[Berg] writes with wry wit and aching lyricism, painting her characters as vividly as anyone writing today.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “When was the last time you thought about running away? In The Pull of the Moon, Berg shares her strength, the wonderful widening of her soul so that we, too, can take the journey in the ease of our chair.”

    Greensboro News & Record

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/16/2014

    " Written as alternating letters and journal entries, this book resonated with me even though I am several years younger than Nan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan Horkey | 2/10/2014

    " Usually I love anything Elizabeth Berg writes. Not this one. Maybe because the woman in this book had feelings so foreign to my own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/4/2014

    " Berg's book "Pull of the Moon" is about a woman who desides to take a break from her life. She goes off on an adventure and leaves her husband and teenage son on her own. She reconnects with the self she's lost in her constant giving to her family without refilling herself. This is a fun book and a good read. Makes me wonder what I would do if I took off from my life for awhile! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzyberry | 1/31/2014

    " Elizabeth Berg understands the female being in such an incredible way. This book reads more like a diary...one woman who must leave the past forever or for a time (only reading it will answer that) to find her heart, her soul, her identity once again. Every woman will identify with the deep emotions laid bare in this book. One of her early works, but one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Osborne levy | 1/21/2014

    " Always been a big fan of Elizabeth Berg. This book was really relevant 10 years ago when I first read it. Ten years later, while it might not be as relevant, it still had an emotional pull on me. Definitely more of a chic book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 1/19/2014

    " "Well, most women are full to the brim...I think we are most of us ready to explode..." (p. 35) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CarolB | 1/16/2014

    " A light read, a woman redefining her relationship with her husband by taking a solo road trip to redefine herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 1/11/2014

    " I think every woman should read this book. An amazing book loved every page of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Machel | 1/1/2014

    " Re-reading this wonderful novel. I think this is my very favorite first person narrative novel. Normally, I prefer third person, but the main character Nan jumped out at me and I immediately loved her and all of her feelings. m "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathie | 12/26/2013

    " Woman going through menopause runs away from her husband and goes on a road-trip. I rolled my eyes a lot as I read this. "In the bathroom...there will be a claw-footed tub, and in the summer, I will paint its toenails, and in the winter I'll knit slippers for it." [roll eyes] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Rossman | 12/12/2013

    " This is definitely a book I would recommend to those women who have a sense of longing to just get away from life for a little while. It's funny, authentic, and at a time or two brutally honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 12/1/2013

    " This is my favorite book by Elizabeth Berg. Tightly written, never misses a beat, and leaves you wanting to know the big...what next. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 11/26/2013

    " i read this book in my 20s and didn't realize how much I didn't understand it. Now I get more of the transitions, but will need to read it again in 20 years when I will be in my 60s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/11/2013

    " Good summer reading. Running away from home at age 50. Also trying to run away from aging. Has a nice thoughtful and thought provoking finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elmira | 11/8/2013

    " I have sympathy for Martin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 10/26/2013

    " For anyone who ever felt like running away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thauna | 8/30/2013

    " Enjoyable story about finding yourself. Inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Johnson | 8/3/2013

    " Fab book for anyone turning 50 - or not turning 50! This author knows exactly how to write what women feel. She's an amazing writer ... draws you in and hold you through the entire book. Many of my friends would love, love this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Shields-Szostak | 5/27/2013

    " 1st edition, signed by author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frandy | 4/25/2013

    " This is my least favorite of all of Berg's books thus far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elessa | 4/16/2013

    " I could not put this one down. Felt like I was reading something I shouldn't. It always made me look at a few things in my own life and take the time to really examine them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 2/3/2013

    " Didn't get much reading time on vacation & wasted some on this. Passages that were the berg I enjoy but a foolish, idiotic, rich, spoiled woman character I wanted to get hit by a bus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Gonzales | 10/23/2012

    " I think all women should read this book. It was one woman's journey to discover herself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrieuoregon | 9/20/2012

    " I have really liked some of this author's books. This was my least favorite ever--and that includes books I didn't finish. The narrator/protagonist suffers from 'first world problems'. I might feel differently if I were 50 or menopausal, but her issues ring pretty hollow to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 8/29/2012

    " i enjoyed this one. elizabeth berg typically writes about women and our complicated ways. i relate to much of her writing. clearly she's famous for her good, quick-reading, fictitious content. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 7/12/2012

    " This is another book that I listened to, and I liked it so much I bought the book so I could re-read on occasion. It's about a woman I have nothing in common with, yet I really felt like I understood her, and more importantly I really liked her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Webajeb | 3/23/2012

    " I've read this multiple times. I love everything by Elizabeth Berg. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 2/11/2012

    " Meh. This story wasn't for me. Wealthy, self-indulgent, 50 yr old woman leaves her husband in Boston for a cross county adventure, writing daily letters to him describing her self revelations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 12/26/2011

    " While I could relate to this character on more than once occasion, I found the entire adventure for the main character was just thin. Good prose...just not a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Ann | 7/18/2011

    " Rather compelling, often humurous journal of a middle-age woman taking stock of her marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 7/4/2011

    " Found at a Fijian hostel book exchange. It really moved me and I took it home for rereading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 6/25/2011

    " A woman abruptly leaves her husband to travel around the country. Her ruminations are engaging and painfully honest. I'm always drawn to novels that tell the story of a marriage -- this is well done and original. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 5/12/2011

    " Made myself finish this book. Which seems odd to me as I identify with the main character(life stage, feeling trapped/bound). I would love to have the freedom and liberty she takes. But this book was drudgery. Seriously...gag. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 2/25/2011

    " I wonder if I would ever have the guts to run away and come back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/24/2011

    " I liked the story and the ending. Although nothing happened, the question of whether she would return or not kept me interested. I liked the idea of their marriage evolving because of her leaving for a bit. I'll read some more Elizabeth Berg I think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 2/1/2011

    " The thought I'd like this one a lot more...quick read but did nothing for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/29/2011

    " There are books that have something to tell you and something to say and find you at the precise right time or they may have not had the impact. This was one of those books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/28/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It was the second book of Elizabeth Berg I read and will go on to read more. She writes with so much honesty I love and believe in her. She's a gem. The story and plot was like a real life possibility. She took us on a very good ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonlyn | 1/7/2011

    " Started very slow for me. I didn't like her at all. But then I grew to understand and identify with her. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg, the author of three New York Times bestsellers, won the NEBA Award for her body of work and was an ABBY Award finalist for her book Talk before Sleep. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, and the New York Times. Berg also teaches writing workshops at Radcliffe College.

About the Narrator

Barbara Caruso is an accomplished actress and critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction, and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit.