The Pull of the Moon

The Pull of the Moon

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Disturbed by the course of her life and marriage, Nan embarks on a backroad odyssey, following the moon and stopping to talk with women, men, her husband through letters, and herself through her diary, and discovering how her life can be reshaped

Blackwell North Amer
Sometimes you have to leave your life behind for a while to see it and really live it freshly again. In this luminous and exquisitely written new novel by Elizabeth Berg, a woman follows the pull of the moon to find her way home.
Now, in the middle of her life and with her soul fraying, Nan begins an impromptu trek across the country, inspired by a turquoise leather journal she sees in a bookstore and knows she must buy - and fill. As she writes in it, and talks with people she meets, she also sends letters home to her husband: "I have felt for so long like I am drowning. And we are so fixed in our ways I couldn't begin to tell you all that has happened inside me...I would be standing over you pouring your coffee...and inside me would be howling so fierce I couldn't believe the sounds weren't coming out of my eyes, out of my ears, from beneath my fingernails."
What makes for this kind of a change in a person? How do we lose our strength, our clarity of vision, our sureness of purpose? And, more important, how do we regain it?
Sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, always intimate and honest, The Pull of the Moon is a novel about a woman coming to terms with issues of importance to all women. Nan addresses the thorniness - and the allure - of marriage; the sweet ties to children; the gifts and lessons that come from random encounters with strangers, be they a handsome man appearing out of the woods or a lonely housewife sitting on her front porch steps. Most of all, Nan writes about the need for the self to stay alive.

Baker
& Taylor

Disturbed by the course of her life and marriage, Nan embarks on a backroad odyssey, following the moon and stopping to talk with women, men, her husband through letters, and herself through her diary, and discovering how her life can be reshaped.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1996
ISBN: 9780679449720
0679449728
Characteristics: 193 p.

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Bazette Jun 15, 2017

LOVED this book. I read it in one sitting....I just couldn't break the continuity of the story. ...or should I say... I didn't want to break it. A "Must Read" for women who have come to that age of leaving the past of we consider "being young" and moving on to the future. I laughed and cried right along with Nan, the woman in the story. I went straight to the computer and ordered 3 books, one for each of my close girlfriends and one to keep on my shelf.

booklady413 Mar 10, 2015

An exploration of one's life in a touching way. Nan turns 50, leaves her husband a note saying that she is leaving to contemplate her life, and that she loves him and will be back. We take the trip with her and through journal entries and letters home to her husband, we examine her past, present and future.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

Recommended to me by a library patron, this novel by an American author who has gained a loyal following in the past couple of years was extremely engaging and enjoyable. Written as journal entries and letters home to her husband, a woman recently turned fifty examines her marriage and renews her interest in life while escaping on a kind of Thelma and Louise road trip.

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Toonie21
May 20, 2013

Wonderful story. Lots to identify with. Kept my interest and made me want to curl up and keep reading until the end!

BugLady1 Apr 09, 2012

Loved this book! Although the main character Nan was a bit quirky sometimes, I found her easy to relate to, albeit a few times her actions seemed far fetched, yet, for the most part, the simple truths of marriage came through. Found this to be another light and easy read that had me wanting to know what was next. Hard to put this one down once I started it. Loved the letters and journal entries. What a great way to put the reader right into the story! Found myself wondering what Martin thought every time he received Nan's letters. Thanks for another good read!

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SuperNan
May 02, 2010

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nsorokan
Feb 06, 2010

Elizabeth Berg does a fabulous job of creating believeable characters involved in real life dilemas. This is very difficult to find, truth in everyday situations, people willing to expose the painful parts of our reality.
I'm not speaking of this book in particular but almost all of her books.

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