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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Feb. 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553385593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553385595
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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“Captivating . . . Sarah Addison Allen produces tantalizing fiction.”—The Roanoke Times

“A dusting of magic, the aroma of sugary cakes swirling through the breeze, and a girl who unwittingly brings change to a town of misfits make for a sweet summer story filled with hope and forgiveness.”—Beth Hoffman, author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

“Charming and entertaining . . . Don’t miss this spellbinding tale.”—Asheville Citizen-Times

“Allen clearly knows that all the fun is in the journey. . . . Sit back, open this book and join her.”—Greensboro News & Record
“An enjoyable read [with] doses of magical realism and romance.”—Associated Press
“Easy to devour in one sitting.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

About the Author

Sarah Addison Allen is the author of Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 8 2010
Format: Hardcover
Apparently Sarah Addison Allen is pushing "magical realism" as far as it can go without actually writing fantasy. "The Girl Who Chased The Moon" is a lushly written little novel that injects the everyday world of a little Southern town with magic, mystery and alluring sweetness, and Allen's writing is absolutely exquisite.

After her mother's death, Emily is sent to live in the town of Mullaby with her reclusive giant of a grandfather Vance Shelby, and soon finds that Mullaby is a strange place -- strange ghostly lights dance outside the house, and the wallpaper's pattern shifts to fit her moods. She quickly makes friends with Julia, a woman with a troubled past who has a knack for baking magical cakes, and a quirky young man named Win Coffey.

But Emily soon discovers that not all the people of Mullaby are so friendly -- especially the wealthy Coffey family -- and that her do-gooding mother used to be the cruel queen-bee. Over the days that follow, old secrets are laid bare as Julia confronts the ghosts of her thwarted high school love, and Emily discovers what her mother did to the Coffey clan -- and what secrets she exposed to the world.

Ghostly dancing lights that return lost jewelry, wallpaper that changes with your moods, a gentle giant, and a family that never EVER goes out at night. "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" has a gentle, magical air that makes it feel a little like a fairy tale in a small Southern town, and Sarah Addison Allen injects that feeling into almost every part of the book.
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I really enjoyed The Girl Who Chased The Moon! It was full of wonderfully, quirky characters, and a well written storyline. It was very easy to read and covered such themes as romance, forgiveness, societal cliques, money, and learning to move on from the past. Though it carries some pretty heavy themes, The Girl Who Chased The Moon is very light reading and will take you to a place where you will get lost in the magic of Southern Living!

You have to head over to Sarah Addison Allen's website and check out all the fantastic extras she has, like a virtual tour of Mullaby, and recipes and an excerpt of the book! Great website!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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I couldn't stop reading this book, it was so good. The author, has written a wonderful book that has a magical undertone without having it overpower the story she is trying to tell. I was quite surprised as to how well worded the writing is, and how quickly I was able to envision a mental picture of characters and scenery. I was quite disappointed when it came time to read the last page--I would have loved to have read more.
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Another magical story from Sarah Addison Allen. How does she do it? How is she able to take the reader on such wondrous journeys, with ordinary characters, often flawed or dissociated from life for whatever reason and turn them around, taking us with them. I am amazed at the depth of the author's character building. Her books always enchant me and take me to a better place, they are so alluring they definitely keep me reading.

In The Girl Who Chased the Moon, we have broken lives, secrets kept and secrets ready to destroy. Emily Benedict has just lost her mother and has made the decision to go back to Mullaby, where her mother was born, and where the grandfather she never knew she had lives. She is shocked at the number of secrets her mother kept from her about her life. She isn't welcomed by the townspeople, in fact, she feels that they would like to run her out of town because of something her mother did. What could she possibly have done to create such animosity? Emily only knew her mother as a caring and devoted parent, one who was charitable to everyone. Why didn't her mother ever tell her anything about her life? She is even shocked to learn she has a living grandfather, even more that Grandpa Vance is a giant. As they begin to get to know each other, maybe the biggest mystery is within the house itself. Very strange goings on. Keep an eye on that wallpaper and don't go in the woods!

She becomes acquainted with Julia Winterson next door who was in the same class as Emily's mother, and another lost soul. A healing process gradually brings a close relationship to both. I was fascinated with the idea of a "sweet sense" calling those who have it whenever Julia bakes. This story just simply flows through the connections of a life Emily never knew about.
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I'd first read Sarah Addison Allen when someone who knew I loved Practical Magic suggested Garden Spells. I devoured and loved Garden Spells, and then read the The Sugar Queen and then somewhere along the way - as often happens to me since I work in a bookstore - I kind of misplaced keeping an eye out for the next book. I suppose that makes me sound like a cat - ooh, something sparkly! - but I see so many books on a daily basis it's unfortunately true: I can lose authors.

I'm so glad I found Sarah Addison Allen again.

Weaving a lovely (and downplayed) magical realism into her tales, Sarah Addison Allen has this deft touch that really makes for and enjoyable and lyrical reading experience, even when there are harsher plots or wounded characters in play. In The Girl Who Chased the Moon, we meet two women - Julia, a woman with a past she's trying to escape who has had no choice but to come back to the very place she once ran away from - Mullaby North Carolina, and Emily, who has come to Mullaby after the death of her mother to live with her only remaining relative, a grandfather she didn't even know she had. While Julia is a grown woman, and Emily is a teen, the two manage to connect from a sense of "outsider" status, and their relationship, while drawn in brief strokes, was actually one of the best things of the novel.

Emily, who has lived her life under the shadow of a mother who she loved but felt she could never live up to, is about to learn that her mother was not always a selfless, giving, and empathetic woman. Julia, who bakes cakes that seem to deliver hope with their scent, is realizing that the man she ran away from isn't about to let her stay away, no matter how hard she tries.
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