Friday, August 09, 2013

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Every once in a while, I find a book that is so comforting and immersive that I wish it would never end. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addision Allen is one of those books. After the untimely death of her mother, teenager Emily Benedict moves to Mullaby, North Carolina to live with the grandfather she never knew existed. As she spends more time in Mullaby and talks to people in town, she discovers that there is much more to her mother’s past and the events surrounding her exit from Mullaby than Emily had been led to believe.

Emily also discovers that Mullaby is a unique town with some magical happenings she has a hard time believing. Apparently, the wallpaper in her room will change without provocation and she sees the “Mullaby lights” on her first night in town. Everyone else in town seems to know what these are, but no one will tell her. Anyone with an appreciation for whimsy will enjoy the light magical realism Allen adds to the story.

Allen’s descriptions of life in a small North Carolina town transported me to summers back home, sitting on a glider on my grandparents’ screened-in porch and sipping a glass of iced tea. Her ear for the regional dialect was spot on according to this North Carolina native. Search the VBPL Catalog for The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. If you like this novel, check out the works of Joshilyn Jackson, who also features Southern locales and focuses on women’s lives.

1 comment:

Chara said...

Cool!