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Born Under a Lucky Moon Paperback – February 8, 2011
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Born Under a Lucky Moon is told in an alternating time frame between Jeannie's youth and her present-time adulthood. These transitions are smooth and incredible. The way in which Ms. Precious leaves the reader hanging right before making the transitions are painful - but in a way that left me not wanting to stop reading to see what the next thing that was going to happen was. The author's witty dialog is ingenious and left me laughing out loud several times. Just to give you a taste, here is a small piece from page 198:
"Grandma tipped her head down and looked at me over her bifocals. "Oh, yes," she said, "the fifth one. What in the world were your parents thinking?"
They probably weren't thinking, I thought. I was conceived a few years after the Pill hit the market. Mom had said she was too busy with the three little kids to get to the doctor for the prescription. That's when Lucy was born. Then Mom said that she got the birth control prescription but couldn't find the time to get to the pharmacy. That's when I was born. Dad got a vasectomy after that."
Yes, Jeannie has a crazy family, but don't we all?Read more ›
From the beginning, Ms. Precious lets us know where we're going. I have to admit she had me at this:
Like every relationship in every family, this story doesn't reside in the black and white of right and wrong. It resides in the gray area called love.
Yeah, I was hooked. I dived into the story of Jeannie and her sisters head first. I loved the wacky Thompson family adventures. From unintentional fires to a grandmother with devious intentions to the exasperated police officer, Marv who puts up with them, this story had everything.
It bounces seamlessly from 2006 to 1986 without missing a step. I enjoyed how Ms. Precious revealed the past to explain the future. Truth be told, it was done so well the stories could have been told separately, one without the other would have made a great novel.
There was so many nuggets of goodness in this novel. I loved Evan's Milwaukee metaphor. You'll have to read that one for yourself. However I will leave you this from Rose Thompson, Jeannie's mom, about family and love...
One thing I do know for certain is that no matter how much you kids complain about each other, you all drop everything to be there when someone in the family is in trouble. I think a family is measured by how it shows its love.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book captures all the joy and angst and zaniness of a large family and an even larger extended small town where everyone knows everyone, The contrasting settings of LA and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Long
Excellent read! Fun & engaging -- hope for more from this author 😊Published 17 months ago by Pamela D. Luppert
This was my first Dana Precious novel so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I could not put the book down! Read morePublished 20 months ago by RMcDaniel
Born Under a Lucky Moon by Dana Precious - a Goodreads First Read free giveaway book won on February 2nd, received on February 15th and previously made-aware-of through promotions... Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by Kristine Fisher
Wonderfully written. A family anyone can relate to. I called my three sisters and told them they must read it!!Published on May 5, 2014 by Meg
Some of the things the characters do irritate me (they are too forgiving in my opinion, like when they do nothing about a neighbor who is a Peeping Tom) and you wish many of the... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Juniper