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"How tall is he?" she asked, her voice hushed, as if he might hear. "Tall enough to see into tomorrow."--Chapter Two, The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Every book I’ve written has had some element of fairytale to it. The sentient apple tree in Garden Spells. The Rapunzel references in The Sugar Queen. And The Girl Who Chased the Moon is no different. I actually ended up with a giant in this story.
I remember when I first wrote elderly Vance Shelby into The Girl Who Chased the Moon. He walked into a room and had to duck under the doorframe. I knew then that this was no ordinary man. This was a giant. But how tall was too tall? When would real become unreal? It’s a fine line. I began to research gigantism and discovered the tallest man in history for whom there is irrefutable medical proof: Robert Pershing Wadlow, the Giant of Illinois. At the time of his death at the young age of 22, Wadlow was almost nine feet tall. It’s a stunning number, isn’t it? Nine feet tall. I pored over old film and audio interviews from the 1930s, trying to get a feel for what his life was like, so I could present with veracity this magically tall man in my story. What I discovered was a soft-spoken gentle giant whose legs were so long he walked like he was on stilts, whose body listed to the side like a skyscraper made of soft wood instead of concrete. But he was always smiling, accepting the stares and the requests for photos good-naturedly as he toured with Ringling Brothers and the International Shoe Company. He never hid himself away. He mingled among regular-sized people like he knew he had to savor every moment. And maybe he did know. Maybe he was tall enough to see into tomorrow.
In honor of Wadlow, I took all that I thought a young giant might wish for--a long life, a wife, a family, a place that accepted him as he was, where he was just another town oddity--and I gave it to elderly Vance Shelby in The Girl Who Chased the Moon. And as an old giant, Vance looks back on a life he always wanted to be extraordinarily small, and finds that it was exactly the size it needed to be. Which I think might be truth for us all. --Sarah Addison Allen
This was my first reading of Sarah Allen, and I felt drawn in to her story. Just enough mystical fantasy to be interesting, and a lovely love story with its twists of history. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This book is pure escapist literature. The book begins when Emily Benedict moves to Mullaby, North Carolina from Boston. Read morePublished 15 days ago by josephine briggs
I really enjoy anything by Sarah Addison Allen, and this was no exception. The story was fun to read and progressed nicely. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lena
I love this author. I love her serendipitous imagination, her characters, her stories. Her use of language is delightful. I will read more.Published 1 month ago by Cinzia
Ms. Allen caught my imagination once again with this story. It makes you never wanting it to end. A little mystery and a lot imagination is at work in this story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. G. Holroyd
Wish the sexual content had been left out. Young girls don't need to be exposed to that. I did like the message that we can all overcome our trials.Published 2 months ago by Michelle Parkinson