The Half Moon (Hardback)
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The Half Moon (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 13/07/2023
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Waterstones Says

The author of Ask Again, Yes returns with another slow-burning yet utterly unputdownable exploration of relationships and the motivations and desires that shape them, as a blizzard strikes a New York town bringing secrets and revelations to the surface.

There are two sides to every story - and every marriage in crisis...

Malcolm, bartender at the Half Moon, has always dreamed of owning a bar, and when his boss finally retires, he seizes his chance.

His wife, Jess, has devoted herself to her law career, but after years of trying for a baby, she's struggling to accept the idea that motherhood might not be in her future. She finds herself slipping away from both her career and her marriage. The bar is Malcolm's dream, and as she feels her youth start to fade, she wonders how to reshape her own life.

When a blizzard hits their upstate New York town on the same day that Malcolm learns some shocking news about Jess, and a regular at the bar goes missing, everyone is frozen in place for a single, pivotal week, forcing Malcolm and Jess to confront their uncertain future.

The Half Moon carefully explores a marriage in crisis, what it takes to make a life with another person, and the true meaning of family.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241546840
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 413 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Mary Beth Keane writes to the heart of the human heart. She shows us how love can deepen, how love can stall - hang in the sky like a half moon, waxing and waning in the same moment, equal parts shadow and light. I could not put this book down' - Miranda Cowley Heller, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Paper Palace

Absorbing ... Keane excels at moments of interior deliberation ... it's such a pleasure to sink into Keane's quietly luminous prose ... Her recordings of the small, significant moments of life have a way of standing for something larger... [Keane's] perceptive, generous observations and attention to her characters' inner lives make for a book that is much, much more than the sum of its characters. She manages to find the extraordinary grace in our achingly ordinary world - New York Times

I adored this compelling, touching, exquisitely crafted story about a marriage in crisis. As a devoted fan of Mary Beth Keane, I'm already looking forward to whatever she chooses to write next! - Liane Moriarty

I fell in love with The Half Moon from the first page, and barely looked up until I'd finished. Mary Beth Keane has written another brilliantly absorbing novel about complicated marriages and family dynamics - how they shape us, yes, but how they undo us as well. Prepare to lose yourself in this book - Sara Collins, bestselling author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton

Mary Beth Keane is one of our finest writers on the interior complexities of marriage and family. She shines a flashlight on the intricate clockwork of love and longing that runs inside us; and because of the thoughtfulness of that examination, beauty and possibility are visible. I ran my finger over sentences while reading, thinking: Yes, exactly. This kind of fiction recognizes us, and allows us to look around our own lives with respect and kindness, and is therefore a great gift - Ann Napolitano, author of New York Times bestseller Dear Edward

Keane writes in a sturdily realist vein-the vivid, domesticated world of Anne Tyler, of William Trevor, of Elizabeth Strout-but her insights into matters of the heart, longing and restlessness especially, have astonishing delicacy - Vogue US

A quietly marvellous story of dreams, disappointments and second chances, but, mostly, love - Charmaine Wilkerson, New York Times bestselling author of Black Cake

Keane explores the sacrifices of a marriage . . . The tension is undeniable and deeply compelling . . . with an unexpected twist, Keane's charming, tautly-paced, and introspective novel will delight - Booklist

Here, a full marriage story is compressed within the span of a single week as charming, gregarious bartender Malcolm and his conscientious lawyer wife Jess confront the longtime fissures in their union and the many dreams deferred - The Best in Upcoming Fiction, Entertainment Weekly

You'll root for both sides in this deftly written novel - Grazia

A man walks into a bar... at the start of this remarkable novel, and how does Mary Beth Keane do it? Because I walked right on in there after him, into this sublime, shaken snow globe of a story. A story that unpeels the human psyche with compassion and wisdom and extraordinary insight. She is hands down one of my favourite writers - Fran Littlewood, author of Amazing Grace Adams

I LOVED The Half Moon. She's an extraordinary writer who explores the complications of human relationships with so much perceptive brilliance. Every character in this wonderful book is so nuanced - I've thought about it often since finishing - Caroline Lea. author of Prize Women

Poignant - LA Times

Keane is an expert at writing about the complexities of marriage and family - Good Housekeeping

Another beautifully written book - Hello!

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“Flawed Characters, Lots of Issues”

I enjoyed this book even more than Keane’s previous Ask Again, Yes.

As a 45-year-old, Malcolm is living his dream owning his own bar. His wife Jess is a lawyer and has tried for years to carry a pregnancy to... More

Hardback edition
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“Absorbing account of the highs and lows of a marriage”

Jess and Malcolm fall in love quickly and easily. He is a handsome, gregarious barman, she is an idealistic lawyer, and together they feel like they can take on the world. This is a penetrating look at their marriage... More

Hardback edition
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“Disappointing”

This is a slow burner ,the story is about Malcolm and his wife Jess struggling to keep their marriage together.Everything happens over a week during two major snowstorms .I didn't really get into the story or the... More

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