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From School Library Journal
“Girls in the Moon is a beautiful, heartfelt novel about following your own path and finding your voice. Janet McNally’s stunning debut is a lush, lyrical paean to mothers, daughters, sisters, and the music that weaves them together.” (Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces)
“In her luminous prose, Janet McNally renders the moments―quiet and loud, in the spotlight and in the dark―that shape us and wound us and make us fully human.” (Nina LaCour, award-winning author of Everything Leads to You)
“A powerful story of secrets, sisters, mothers and daughters-of a family fractured and pieced back together across time, with love, pain, passion, and music. GIRLS IN THE MOON will stay with you like a song you can’t get out of your mind.” (Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be)
“With lush, lyrical prose and nuanced storytelling, Girls in the Moon is a gorgeous coming-of-age story that sings of sisterhood, secrets, and the ties that both bind and bond us.” (Jessi Kirby, author of Things We Know by Heart)
“Laced through with drumbeats and heartbeats, GIRLS IN THE MOON is pure indie rock and even purer poetry. A luminous story of love, art, yearning, and connection.” (Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King)
“Sophisticated, dreamy, and gorgeously written, Girls in the Moon is like spending a summer night reminiscing with old friends.” (Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl From Everywhere)
“McNally’s first novel shows an appreciation of poetic phrasing, as well as plenty of musical references. Recommend this introspective novel to readers who enjoy stories about music and musicians.” (Booklist)
“Narrator Phoebe excels at capturing a moment’s emotional nuances... her reflections on independence and acceptance of people’s flaws are genuine. Understated but astute narration makes this family snapshot a worthy read.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“[McNally] employs lyrics and poetry to great effect, while her rich musical knowledge propels this realistic novel to its hopeful conclusion.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- Publication Date : November 29, 2016
- File Size : 1384 KB
- Print Length : 357 pages
- ASIN : B01CNLLG0G
- Publisher : HarperTeen (November 29, 2016)
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #564,200 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Phoebe Ferris and her sister Luna are the children of Meg and Kieran Ferris, who were the lead singers/songwriters of a 90s band that made it big. It was big until Luna was born and Meg wanted out of the band. This also led to Meg and Kieran's divorce shortly after the band broke up.
Luna has come home to let her mother know she was dropping out of college to go on tour with her band in which she was living with the lead guitarist of the band. She moves from Buffalo to NYC, just a few train rides away from her now estranged father, to begin her new life.
Phoebe is left behind and sets out to visit with Luna. We will follow Phoebe around as she experiences her sister, reunites with her father, and learns the truth about who her parents were and how everyone broke apart.
We will also follow Meg as she meets Kieran, forms the band, starts to get famous, and finds out she is pregnant.
I have to write that I really enjoyed the back and forth narratives in the present with Phoebe and in the past with Meg. You get to see bits of Meg in the girls, even though Meg is left at home in Buffalo in Phoebe's story. You get to see how the sins of the past become manifest in the present with how Phoebe and Luna interact with one another, their parents, and their significant others. This is a book about relationships that even though they are far apart are connected deeply still.
The writing was fairly well done. There were a few sentences that were meant to be poetic, but came off a bit loopy, at least to me, but I enjoyed McNally's voice quite a lot. It is difficult to pull off a dual narrative, especially for a first novel. I am excited to see what she will bring to the writing world.
The book is marketed as a YA novel, but I enjoyed it quite a bit and I think most adults will get a lot out of it.
I gave this one 4 stars.
This request, from Phoebe Ferris to her friend Archer, encapsulates the reader's relationship with the book and its characters. Ms. McNally's book poetically tells the story of three interconnected journeys of Phoebe, her sister Luna, and their mother, Meg. Phoebe searchers for answers about her family, Luna looks for fame and freedom in New York City, and Meg navigates her own identity, single motherhood, and a secretive history. As the daughters of two acclaimed musicians, Phoebe and Luna pursue their own lives, though they are marked by the same artistry and beauty of their parents' talents. Mixed in with their journeys are the tales of new love and old love, wrapped in revelations about life and true happiness. The story is one of empowerment, as these "girls in the moon discover their true grace lies within themselves and within their bond as sisters and mothers. This is a powerful book written in exceptional prose that still connects with readers of all ages. Ms. McNally has crafted a truly masterful work.
The pages are filled with beautiful metaphors that hit hard and communicate an incredible depth of emotion. It's obvious that McNally's imagery and the importance of setting was central to her telling of this story and the evolution of her characters. The attention to detail, which was written with subtle and simple (yet powerful) language was what connected me to the pages effortlessly. Internal thought carried a genuine authenticity which worked to support an intimate relationship with the characters- and the dialogue was just perfect! The book was propelled forward by an artful mixture of all of these things along side a slow but steady unraveling/building of the past. And I haven't even said anything about her incredible understanding of (and ability to write about) music! From start to finish it plays like a quiet indie guitar tune overlaid with gritty lyrics that build in intensity and pull at the heart strings. This book is meant to make you feel.
Girls in the Moon is a dreamy 'coming of age' story, but even more so a 'coming into Self' story which anyone of any age can relate to. It shows how we influence one another, especially in families and sometimes have a difficult time wrestling with who we really are or wish to be because of this. We share and we hide, we open and close off, we mimic and push away. But by acknowledging all this and taking off the blinders of perception, we see more clearly and carve out a place for ourselves within the circle. Mothers, daughters, sisters, friendship, love, and really great music references...this book has it all!