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by Rachael Herron

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Pack Up the Moon is a heartbreaking story of loss and family that achieves an optimistic feel in the end. Believable dialogue and factual details about adoption, terminal illness and hospice care for children keep the story from being too maudlin or manipulative. Further, pieces of the backstory are teased out and fed to the reader slowly throughout the book, giving it an even, engaging pace. Finally, the language avoids being flowery, yet is still poetic and moving at many points.

Three years after her husband (accidentally?) killed their young, terminally ill son, artist Kate Monroe is finally starting to put her life back together. But when the daughter she gave up for adoption 22 years ago and never told her husband about tracks Kate down, she’s forced to confront the secrets she’s been holding all these years and to reevaluate her lingering feelings, both angry and romantic, for her former husband. (NAL, Mar., 384 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed By: Leah Hanson

Publisher: NAL

Published: March 2014

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