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The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel

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In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world—no matter how out of place they feel.

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson’s cakes—which is a good thing, because Julia can’t seem to stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also in the hope of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Flour, eggs, milk, and sugar . . . Baking is the only language the proud but vulnerable Julia has to communicate what is truly in her heart. But is it enough to call back to her those she’s hurt in the past?  

 

Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.

 

Review:

"Allen's latest (after The Sugar Queen) takes the familiar setup of a young protagonist returning to the small town where her elusive mother was raised, and subverts it by sprinkling just enough magic into the narrative to keep things lively but short of saccharine. Seventeen-year-old Emily Benedict, intent on learning more about her mother, Dulcie, moves in with her grandfather, but is disappointed to find that her grandfather doesn't want to talk much about Dulcie. She soon discovers, though, that many still hold a grudge against Dulcie for the way she treated an old sweetheart before dumping him and disappearing. Luckily, Dulcie's high school adversary, Julia Winterson, back in town to pay down her deceased father's debt, takes a shine to Emily. She's working another quest as well: baking cakes every day with the hope that they'll somehow attract the daughter she gave up for adoption years ago. There are love interests, big family secrets, and magical happenings (color-changing wallpaper, mysterious lights) aplenty as Allen charts the spiraling inter-generational stories, bringing everything together in an unexpected way." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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BONUS: This edition contains a "The Girl Who Chased the Moon "discussion guide and an excerpt from Sarah Addison Allen's "The Peach Keeper."

Emily Benedict hascome to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother's life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she neverknew, she realizes that mysteries aren't solved in Mullaby, they're a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. Anda neighbor, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, not only wishing to satisfy the town's sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Can a hummingbird cakereally bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily's backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits rightin.

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Sarah Addison Allen is the author of Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Gracie, March 15, 2011 (view all comments by Gracie)
There's just something so refreshing about Sarah Addison Allen's books. They're whimsical and light�"in the case of The Girl Who Chased the Moon, light actually has a great deal to do with the story. When Emily Benedict goes to live with her grandfather in Mullaby after her mother's death, she doesn't expect to find a giant living in a house with wallpaper that changes itself to match your mood, a place where people can see smells and glow in the moonlight. And she certainly didn't expect to find that her mother was perhaps the most vilified person in town.

There's a lot to learn and understand about Mullaby and the people who live there. Julia Winterson bakes cakes even on the hottest days. The Coffeys never go out at night. And Vance Shelby checks the dryer constantly even though there's never any laundry in it. It's a quirky fairy tale that shimmers, a quick and entertaining read that brings a warm glow with it.
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Karyn Hinz, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Karyn Hinz)
As a fan of Sarah Addison Allen's, I enjoyed this fresh take on a common theme in her writing: making peace with the past to allow the characters to move on into the future. I love the elements of magical realism and found the main characters in this book especially memorable. Sometimes a feel-good happy ending story is just what's needed and this was my favorite this past year.
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Jacquelyn Broach, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Jacquelyn Broach)
An enchanting, magical story. I couldn't put it down!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553807219
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Bantam
Author:
Sarah Addison Allen
Author:
Allen, Sarah Addison
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Fiction-Alternative History
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Subject:
Fiction : Contemporary Women
Publication Date:
20100316
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.7 x 1 in 0.875 lb

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Product details 288 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780553807219 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Allen's latest (after The Sugar Queen) takes the familiar setup of a young protagonist returning to the small town where her elusive mother was raised, and subverts it by sprinkling just enough magic into the narrative to keep things lively but short of saccharine. Seventeen-year-old Emily Benedict, intent on learning more about her mother, Dulcie, moves in with her grandfather, but is disappointed to find that her grandfather doesn't want to talk much about Dulcie. She soon discovers, though, that many still hold a grudge against Dulcie for the way she treated an old sweetheart before dumping him and disappearing. Luckily, Dulcie's high school adversary, Julia Winterson, back in town to pay down her deceased father's debt, takes a shine to Emily. She's working another quest as well: baking cakes every day with the hope that they'll somehow attract the daughter she gave up for adoption years ago. There are love interests, big family secrets, and magical happenings (color-changing wallpaper, mysterious lights) aplenty as Allen charts the spiraling inter-generational stories, bringing everything together in an unexpected way." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , BONUS: This edition contains a "The Girl Who Chased the Moon "discussion guide and an excerpt from Sarah Addison Allen's "The Peach Keeper."

Emily Benedict hascome to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother's life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she neverknew, she realizes that mysteries aren't solved in Mullaby, they're a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. Anda neighbor, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, not only wishing to satisfy the town's sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Can a hummingbird cakereally bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily's backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits rightin.

Look for special features inside.

Join the Circle for author chats and more.

RandomHouseReadersCircle.com

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