Review | June Thrifty Books | The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

I like the Thrifty Books box because it’s pretty darn affordable and it’s introduced me to some great books. I pre-paid for a year and it came out to just over $17 per box including shipping, which is on the lower end compared to other book boxes. You can read reviews of past Thrifty Books boxes here.

The box consists of a literary fiction book, a bag of coffee (or I believe you can choose tea as well), and a newsletter. There’s also access to an online book club for subscriber’s eyes only. Exciting stuff.

The Almost Moon cover.jpgJune’s book was The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold and, uh, wow! This was something else.

Many people likely know Sebold from The Lovely Bones, which was everywhere some number of years ago. I read some reviews on Goodreads and lots and lots and lots of people loved that book and really hated this book.

In fact, A LOT of people hated this book and I can’t say I don’t see why. I mean, within the first 30 pages there is a VERY DETAILED description of a woman cleaning her dead mother’s genitals on the kitchen floor.

There are so many different types of people who wouldn’t like this book. If you have to like characters you read about, then you’ll hate this book because the protagonist is an awful person. If you want a linear story to be grounded in, this isn’t that – it is constantly skipping around. If you want characters who will act consistently, then this isn’t for you. If you like books where at no point does a woman clean her dead mother’s genitals on the kitchen floor then, well — not for you.

It’s not a spoiler to tell you that this is a book about a woman who killed her mother – in fact, that fact is in the first sentence of the book. What happens from there would all be spoiler so I will just say that while I can’t say that I “enjoyed” this book, because that would be a kind of creepy thing to say, I can say that it held my interest and that I was invested in how things turned out.

I can also say that this book does not deserve its very low star rating on Goodreads.

Rating: 6/10

Recommended for: People who want to know exactly what it would be like to clean their dead mother’s genitals (I know I keep harping on that but did I mention that it was VERY GRAPHIC?), fans of unreliable narrators, fans of books that make them uncomfortable, fans of books with lots of flashbacks

Does it pass the Bechdel–Wallace testYes

Author of color / main character of color / female author / female main character: N / N / Y / Y


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