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From the Land of the Moon

From the Land of the Moon
Melina Agus
Europa Editions
Publish date: 2010-12-28
$15.00
Trade Paperback

Review:

From the Land of the Moon is a set in Sardinia, Italy, and tells the story of a beautiful, yet peculiar girl.   The narrator is an unnamed and loving granddaughter who through clean, rich prose recounts the life her grandmother. 

As a young woman, Grandmother was in search of true love, but as a result of unusual behavior was denied the freedom to explore her desire without retribution.  Out of pity and to make good on a debt, a widower agrees to marry Grandmother.  She is sent to the mainland to undergo spa treatments to relieve her body of kidney stones, which inhibit the couple from becoming pregnant. There she meets and falls into forbidden love with an ill WWII veteran.  The treatments work and 9 months later Grandmother gives birth to a baby boy. 

The plot may seem as though it might mirror many other stories, but this particular saga is unique because of its brevity.  The author has captured the essence of her characters in a concise manner that invokes a level of richness often found in thick, mighty tomes.  I would be doing the book a disservice if I did not take a moment to bring light to the story’s rocky, sun baked setting, which, too, is a character brought delicately to life.

   
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