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ISBN: 0385335210

ISBN13: 9780385335218

Moon Women

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In the lush North Carolina foothills, the Moon women have put down roots: matriarch Marvelle Moon, who's losing her grip on the world after more than eighty years of life; her daughters, Ruth Ann and Cassandra; and Ruth Ann's nineteen-year-old daughter, Ashley, fresh out of rehab, unmarried, and three months pregnant. Despite Ruth Ann's best efforts to live a life that's all her own, her family is coming together around her. Marvelle and Ashley need...

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A wonderful jouney of women in the South!

Pamela Duncan has written a beautiful debut novel. Her characters are three-dimensional and their names only begin to tell the story. This book is filled with metaphors and thought provoking moments. Marvella Moon, the senior protagonist, is a sage; she enriches the reader of her simplistic, yet astonishing wisdom. "Moon Women" is a joyous read, used for engaging discussion at my book club meeting. A wonderful book!!!

You can go home again!

I heartily applaud Pamela Duncan for her first novel, "Moon Women". The book tells the story of 4 women trying to come to grips with the reality of their lives. Ruth Ann is the mother, just getting used to her freedom being divorced from her husband A.J. But in one day her life suddenly does a complete turn around and she finds herself trying to once again relate with her daughter Ashley 19, who has just gotten out of rehab and come home to stay and who is pregnant. Then there is Marvelle, Ruth Ann's mother who at 84 is slowly sliding into senility. Her mother has been living with Ruth's sister Cassandra but, Marvelle decides she would rather stay with Ruth Ann and Ashley.Thus starts the story of nine months out of these women lives as they learn from and about each other. Ashley who has spent 19 years running away from home now finds herself on a journey to find herself, Cassandra who has always hid behind her obesity and lonliness trys to come to terms with the life she has been dealt. Marvelle living between today and the past and has stories she wants her daughters and granddaughter to know before she passes. Ruth Ann is just trying to hang on to each of them and somehow find herself too. This is a heartwarming story that will leave the reader glad they took the time to listen.

Waxes Eloquence

Yes, despite the use of the southern vernacular throughout this first novel, MOON WOMEN is eloquent. In the beginning I wasn't sure if I would like this book. Was I going to read another book about southern women who were outspoken and cranky in public, drank too much bourbon in the moonlight, and were pious towards God, country, and men? Nope. Not this time. The Moon women (their last name) are much more than some stereotype of the south. As you read and come to know them, you see what has troubled them, what has made them happy, what has made them the women they are. This is not a funny novel. Ruth Ann's 20 year old daughter Ashley comes home from drug rehab on the same day her 82 year old mother Marvella decides she's going to move in with Ruth Ann. No one is more surprised than I am when the lives of these women and their men become more interesting than watching a baseball game. Marvella's memories are woven into the present-day story in a subtle manner which makes the reader become more and more curious about the ramblings and outbursts towards her family. Give this novel a chance. It has nothing to do with the Moon or astronauts. It has to do with love and independence and time, the great healer.

Not Just for Women

The author spends a great amount of time developing the characters in this book and I thank her for it. Now, the Moon women are friends of mine too. These folks live, as most of us do, surviving the bad times, savoring and remembering the good times, and always looking forward with anxiety and hope for the times to come. Most people who read this book will look at Ms. Duncan's creations and see pieces of themselves or their family members embedded in the words she wrote. I know I did. I had a gandma with some of Marvelle's traits and a sister somewhat like Ruth Ann. Come to think of it, there's probably a few A.J.s, Cassis and Ashleys around too.This book is a different genre for me - no detectives, serial killers, sports, courtroom scenes, or blood & guts at all. Still, there was a mystery in each character, an unknown that kept me turning pages and wanting to know more about these women and the few men they had under their spells. If anyone thinks this book is just for women, they are going to miss one heck of a good read.

Purely Magical

Ruth Ann Payne, middle-aged native of a small town in the North Carolina mountains, has her hands full. She's about to turn 50, has divorced her husband A.J. and, as this delicious novel opens, is about to bring home from Rehab her youngest daughter, Ashley. Ruth Ann has set out to, for the first time in her life, live her own life, but Ashley is her child and she can't turn her back on her when she needs a place to live. Poor Ruth Ann may have bitten off more than she bargained for, though -- Ashley is unmarried and pregnant at 19. And then Marvelle Moon, Ruth Ann's 80+ year old mother who is going senile, walks away from her home with daughter Cassandra and refuses to live anywhere but with Ruth Ann.These characters are so vividly defined and the interaction among them is so real that at times I felt as though I was reading about some of my own family escapades. A recurring theme throughout this beautiful novel is that of human flaws and frailties. The magic woven throughout by this gifted author speaks to powerful emotions and gothic secrets soothed by the balm of forgiveness and acceptance. The author has taken an ordinary family and turned their everyday problems into pure magic. This book had me alternately smiling indulgently, nodding knowingly, proffering advice aloud, and shedding tears. What an absolute jewel of a first novel!
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