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The Girl Who Chased the Moon – “Backstory Is Everything”

January 28, 2014
Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen

The Girl Who Chased the Moon 

by Sarah Addison Allen

Bantam Paperback, $12.80 on Amazon  Click on: The Girl Who Chased the Moon

This is a book about two estranged couples and several more people of this small Carolina town who have secrets they are hiding from others who already know and accept these hidden things.

But what makes this an unusual work, not just a confusing one, are several manifestations of magic. A grandfather who is an eight foot two giant. Bedroom wallpaper that changes according to the occupants mood and strange glowing lights outside at night.

There are a few too many characters and Emily and Win seem a bit young, but backstory is everything and when it comes to the inevitable conclusion, there is an element of real magic we are willing to accept because Sarah Addison Allen has laid a a foundation of fantastic things that seem real. I thought the book seemed to go on a bit too long until the last chapter, which I loved, and made it all just seem right.

4 out of 5

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