Feb 19, 2014

Women's Fiction Spotlight: The Girl Who Chased the Moon

So, I love Sarah Addison Allen.

Blurb from Goodreads: Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson’s cakes—which is a good thing, because Julia can’t seem to stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also in the hope of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Flour, eggs, milk, and sugar . . . Baking is the only language the proud but vulnerable Julia has to communicate what is truly in her heart. But is it enough to call back to her those she’s hurt in the past?

Such an amazing tale. It was magical and mysterious and beautiful. I love the way the lives of so many people were woven, the different questions that are hinted at well before they are answered. There is a sense of wonder, not only for the magic that Allen weaves into her stories, but also for the way people can re-learn and re-see the reality they thought they knew.

I really love Sarah Addison Allen's writing.