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Crooked Moon Paperback – February 21, 2008
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Lisette was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles where she held various positions at Paramount Studios and CBS Studio Center. Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area. Visit her at www.lisettebrodey.com.
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From the opening pages the author beautifully conveys the angst and trepidation Callie feels when she faces a friend that she turned her back on many years ago. Callie has money, a gorgeous husband, two great kids and a live-in housekeeper. Her childhood friend Frankie is at her wits end living in a dilapidated house with her mother who is upstairs dying of cancer and a brother who can't even come around for more than ten minutes to help with the caregiving. Frankie pulls no punches in their first encounter leaving Callie to wonder if she can ever make amends. The dialogue is piercing as Frankie challenges Callie to “Look around this room and tell me that you can relate to me. I dare you. Tell me you ain’t thinkin’ ‘Thank God it ain’t me in this hell hole.’ Just don’t insult me by pretending you don’t know what I’m talkin' about."
The centerpiece of this book are the characters and their messy, complicated and screwed up lives, and yet there are bright flashes of goodness and humanity that light up the darkness. The author handles these complex relationships with a deft hand and never stops surprising the reader along the way as secrets are revealed. The dialogue is pitch perfect, raw and at times laced with profanity but that's the way people speak in Rainytown, a place where dreams die hard and gossip trumps hope. The class divide between Frankie and Callie looms large and is brilliantly depicted throughout.
Crooked Moon is one of those rare and wonderful books that makes you think long after you've finished the last chapter.
This book is largely character driven, and the author pulled it off with character to spare. They came to life on those pages, from the dialect to the descriptions of them. I empathized. I cried. I laughed out loud. I hoped for them, and I was torn at their decisions, and it made me think. It made me look back at my childhood and friends from the past.
I loved the characters and all of their secrets that were eventually revealed. Ruby, and Louie who left her for that no good Annie, and left children behind. And Frankie, struggling with the impending death of her mom, and her brother Paulie--Mr Tight Pants who all the girls want. And there was Callie-fornia, dealing with the death of her aunt and her empty nest, and a marriage that is full of taken for granted things... Wow...just wow.
The POV changes often, so pay attention.
Lisette Brodey's sense of story is incredible. This is the first of her books I've read. I plan on reading more.
Questions arise in this book, questions that most of us have asked ourselves, like: whatever happened to my childhood friend that I lost touch with, where is my life going, and why do I feel so unsettled? Crooked Moon set me off on an emotional roller-coaster and entertained me for many a night, and that's precisely what a good book should do. Lisette Brodey is a true storyteller!
Living next door to each other in Rainytown, a blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia, Frankie and Callie were the very best of friends. Even Paulie, Frankie's brother, had a crush on Callie. However, when they grew up, Callie went off to college and married a well-to-do hunk while Frankie got stuck in Rainytown caring for her depressive mother. Though she missed her best friend, Callie never went back to her old life until her dear aunt, who had continued to reside next door to Frankie's family, passed away.
Upon Callie's return, the two friends are understandably cool with each other, and when Frankie's Mom, who is battling terminal cancer, drops a bombshell-secret on Callie and makes her promise to break it to Frankie gently--after she is gone--it causes a major problem between the two trying-to-reconect friends. Add to this Callie's shaky marriage and undeniable attraction to Paulie, and the problems between them begin to seem insurmountable.
I throughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't wait to find out whether these very-believable characters were able to solve their differences and salvage their relationship. And I still laugh when I think about The Naked Matador. He is but one example of the author's wit.
After reading Crooked Moon (even the title has a poignant meaning), I am definitely looking forward to picking up another one of Ms. Brodey's novels.
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