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The Half Moon



Title: The Half Moon

Author: Mary Beth Keane

Publisher: Scribner

Genre: Literary Fiction


I brought this book along with me last weekend to our #ephigraphlitfest session, but then realized I never actually reviewed it. That happens to me sometimes with complicated books. The ones I have strong feelings for, but it’s hard to articulate why. I guess sometimes with reading it’s just a feeling that you get. It’s the journey. The experience.


The Half Moon is about a married couple Malcolm and Jess.


Malcolm has always dreamed of owning his own bar. So when his boss is retiring and selling the place he works at, he stretches himself to the limit and buys the place. Honestly, a not so great deal. But, he sees magic in the place. And is going to make it work.


Jess is a devoted lawyer, but what she really wants to be is a mother. For years they have been trying to have baby and now she facing the reality it may never happen. She wants to keep trying. Malcolm is ready to stop.


They’ve been kinda avoiding their problems, but when a blizzard hits their town and traps everyone is place, it might be finally time to figure things out.




Rating: 4 Stars! This one explores the complexities of marriage very well. It takes a look at when you reach midlife and it’s not going the way you expected. Do you keep going down one path on can you have a whole different life than you were planning? It faces disappointments head on. And ultimately the hardest thing of all…forgiveness. I will say, I thought the side story of a missing person was kind of odd, but otherwise I enjoyed this one. This is one that I’ve enjoyed the longer it’s been since I closed the last page and thought about it.


CW: Miscarraige, Infertility


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