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Product Details

  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081297770X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812977707
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cox's carefully wrought latest (following Familiar Ground) delineates the heartbreaking cruelty that sunders a group of adolescent friends in a small Tennessee town. During a late-night party, high school sweethearts Sophie and Crow go off into the woods. When Crow leaves Sophie for 20 minutes to fetch a condom, she's raped and beaten by a group of boys she will not be able to identify after the trauma. To the shock of the town, Crow, known to be a fine and upstanding young man, is charged with her attack. Cox painstakingly enters the consciousness of the various characters who have a stake in Crow's fate, including his diffident, religious mother, Helen, and adulterous stepfather, Carl; Crow's younger brother, Johnny, who struggles to come to terms with his homosexual attraction for Tom, one of the boys in Crow's band; the judge adjudicating Crow's case, Aurelia Bailey, who has to manage her own troubled teenage boy, Bobbie; and other teens and townsfolk. The fact of Crow's innocence is plain to all, yet no one moves to defend him, not even Sophie, who claims she can't remember what happened. Cox stands back and lets the truth emerge with quiet determination. (Aug. 8)
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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–In a voice reminiscent of Alice Hoffman's, Cox weaves a story of love, sex, and scandal in a small Southern town. She deals with the issues of rape and infidelity thoughtfully and sensitively. Like people in many small towns, the folks of South Pittsburg, TN, have known one another for too long. They believe that there is nothing new to learn–until Sophie and Rita Chabot move in. Everyone at the local high school has a thing for Sophie. She is beautiful, artistic, and friendly. Rita, her newly widowed mother, is a provocative influence on both the men and their wives at the local hardware store. Change is good until the teen is brutally gang-raped after a party. And so starts a complicated tale of hidden truths, lost love, and enduring spirit. Cox's portrayal of awkward first love carries the novel beyond its dark subject matter, invoking, as does life, both grief and cheer. Told nonlinearly, the story focuses on the characters, leaving readers to try to predict who committed the vicious crime. Teens will be drawn to Sophie, her boyfriend, and the members of his band. Many will recognize, if not themselves, then people they know in real life.–Brigeen Radoicich, Fresno County Office of Education, CA
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Some of the ideas written were so off base and disturbing.
Candice J. Johnson
There is far too much background information given about characters that ultimately have nothing to do with the outcome of the story.
Tracy L.
Easy to figure out ending and characters are not expanded well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on August 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Slow Moon is the story of what happens when the small town of South Pittsburg, TN is thrown into turmoil when an act of unspeakable brutality is committed against one of its children. Crow Davenport, 16, and his 14-year-old girlfriend, Sophie Chabot, sneak away from a party to make love when Crow remembers that he forgot his condoms in his car. He leaves Sophie to retrieve them, and in his absence Sophie is raped and assaulted. When he hears police sirens upon returning to the scene, Crow's first instinct is to flee, which he does.

The aftermath of Crow's decision and the harsh reality of what happened to Sophie cause life in South Pittsburg to virtually halt. There is a sea filled with accusations and doubts that flows through the heart of the locals. Some cannot believe that Crow, a priveleged child whose father is one of the most wealthy men in the town, would be capable of assaulting anyone; while others grasp on their need to blame someone and choose Crow as the scapegoat. Though Crow and Sophie are clearly at the forefront of the story, Cox also takes care with her descriptions of the other residents of South Pittsburg so the reader truly understands how invested they are in what happened.

The Slow Moon is more than just a story about a girl who was raped and her boyfriend's efforts to acquit himself of the crime, but a beautifully woven tale about trust and mistrust, doubts and accusations, and the struggle to put back together something that may be irreparably shattered. I picked up this book because my favorite author, Elizabeth Berg, once said that she would buy anything Elizabeth Cox ever wrote. I am now in agreement. This story was beautifully written and told with such poignance and grace that it's hard to find fault with any part of it. I read it in about four hours and if you pick it up, prepare to read it in one sitting. It's that good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kangelop on February 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
Reading this book was painful. There were too many people to keep track of, and I did not care about any of them. I found the writing disjunct, and told from too many points of view. I could not WAIT for the book to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Candice J. Johnson on December 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was fair, it had quite a few inconsistancies.Some of the writing was not relative to what was going on plot wise in the book.I also didn't believe that some of the animal killings was even REMOTELY useful in the terms of the outcome of the book.Some of the ideas written were so off base and disturbing.Think I'll stay away from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Koenig on August 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Read this book over a weekend. Not bad.
Normally, if I am not thrilled with a book it takes me a while to read. This one held my interest as the writing was clear; smooth.

It was easy to know you where "there" during the tragic events of a party, where teens acted like teens.

The book was suddenly predictable, and I found on the last 10 pages I had read the book before. However, reading the book before did not diminish my entertainment.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Pelletier on December 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Toward the middle of the novel, I began to wonder how quickly it had been written. While the beginning has some potential - not so much in the writing, since there was nothing spectacular about the words or how they were presented, but in the plot - the rest of the novel begs for revision.

The plot teeters. From the book description: "Despite Crow's frantic claims of innocence, evidence at the scene suggests his guilt." I expected some ambiguity, some mystery, but right from the beginning we know that Crow isn't to blame, and Cox might as well hang a neon sign with the culprits' names - there's no mystery there.

Cox switches points of view constantly, giving us an omniscient view of the consequences of the rape. But, unfortunately, she remains very distant from the characters; there's not as much pyschological exploration as you'd expect, or want. She sets up an internal conflict with Crow, who feels guilty about running away when he finds his girlfriend raped, but doesn't explore his feelings very deeply and, in the end, puts him in another situational test to redeem himself; however, the situation is so ridiculous that you can't help but laugh. A better situational test could have been included when the rapist reveals himself to Crow. Crow could have punched him or done just about anything besides what he does: yell and flail his arms and tell him to leave. With Sophie, too, you'd expect some deep psychological probing to display her reaction to her rape, but we don't get much there either. She leaves state for a while and paints a little. That's it.

As for the culprits, they're present the entire time, and we're supposed to be surprised when they're identified. Cox even leaves this chapter in a cliff-hanger Dan Brown style.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ratmammy VINE VOICE on September 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
THE SLOW MOON by Elizabeth Cox

September 26, 2006

Amazon Rating: 4/5 stars

Here's another book that will be a favorite in 2006: THE SLOW MOON by Elizabeth Cox takes place in a small town, and at the center of the story is a young teenage girl who is gang raped shortly after being seen with her boyfriend. Sophie is the teenage girl who is a newcomer to town, and has a hard time fitting in at first. She does seem to be popular with the boys, and soon she has a steady beau, Crow. It is during one fateful night, a night in which the two promised to have sex for the first time, when Crow leaves her for only twenty minutes, but during that time a group of men come and take advantage of Sophie.

The bulk of the story details each person that comes in contact with Sophie, and allows the reader to try to figure out who was part of this gang rape. While the authorities aren't sure if the crime was committed by men unknown to the town, details begin to come out slowly, pieces of a puzzle that don't seem to fit.

I felt this book was well written and while at first I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the story or not, I found Elizabeth Cox's story telling skills to be unique. Her writing alone made the time spent with this book enjoyable, and while the story in itself has probably been done before, it's the way Cox slowly revealed the men who raped Sophie that makes this book worth reading.
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