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by Sarah Addison Allen

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

2010 Mainstream Fiction Nominee

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Allen's third novel is another winner set in a pitch-perfect enchanted town. Her believable magic is the ideal contrast to her recurring themes of forgiveness and moving forward. An ode to spring's rejuvenation, this book serves up hard Southern honesty at the heart of a sweet candy. Emily and the rest of Mullaby are a Big Fish-esque look at a way it would be nice to live.

After her mother's death, teenage Emily Benedict relocates to her grandfather's home in the small town of Mullaby, N.C. The paragon Emily grew up with never mentioned that they had living relatives, and both the man and his town are wary of Emily's presence. It becomes clear that her mother was someone quite different in Mullaby. But as ghosts from her mother's past come out of the woodwork, she realizes Mullaby is clearly more than a little bit out of the ordinary. (BANTAM, Mar., 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Whitney Kate Sullivan

Publisher: BANTAM

Published: March 2010

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Reader Review for The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Submitted by kdrake (not verified) on June 25, 2010 - 5:19pm.

This wonderful book opens with 17-year-old Emily Benedict entering her grandfather's house; a man she never knew existed until after her mother's death. Vance Shelby welcomed Emily into his home even though he knew the secrets surrounding her mother would cause her great pain once those secrets came to light. Julia Winterson lives next door to Vance and now Emily. Julia went to high school with Emily's mother, but was never her friend. Julia left Mullaby at the end of her sophomore year in high school a very troubled teenager and vowed never to come back. After her father's death, Julia returned to settle his estate. Once she discovered the large debt her father left, she decided to stay for two years to get his restaurant back on its feet so she could sell it and be done with Mullaby once and for all. As Julia takes Emily under her wing, she thinks she is simply being nice, but quickly realizes that by helping Emily, she is actually finding her own sense of belonging in the one place she never wanted to be.