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Losing the Moon
by Patti Callahan Henry
NAL Accent, 2004
Trade paper, $12.95 (365 pages)
ISBN: 0-451-21195-2
  Patti Callahan Henry, in her debut novel, creates a complex story of love lost and regained, as well as a journey of self-discovery through healing of past hurts and misjudgments. As the moon rules the planet's ebb and flow through the tides, these characters have lost life's rhythm causing a rough voyage for all.

Amy Reynolds and her husband are excited to meet their son's first serious college girlfriend, until they met the girl's father -- Nick Lowry, Amy's college boyfriend who disappeared from her life without a word. Dormant memories resurface, rekindling passions and dreams.

Nick's marriage is troubled with his wife dictating his career and social life. Amy's marriage is solid, though the routines have become boring. Amy is confused by the idealism of youth in face of the responsibilities of family. What choice should she make?

Losing the Moon is rich in southern culture as the cast of characters move through coastal Georgia, the Savannah College of Art and Design architectural field trips, and the tradition of tailgate and Christmas parties. There is a sub-plot dealing with the development of a barrier island, which is a hot topic in the Lowcountry and Golden Isles of Georgia.

The novel is an intense read with decisions that will haunt the reader. A conversation guide is provided, making Losing the Moon an excellent book group choice.

Patti Callahan Henry lives with her husband and three children near Atlanta, Georgia.


Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews


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