Maria in the Moon

Maria in the Moon

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`Like a cold spider, the memory stirred in my head and spun an icy web about my brain. Someone else crawled in. I remembered'

Thirty-on-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can't remember everything. She can't remember her ninth year. She can't remember when her insomnia started. And she can't remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria.
With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the devastating deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges ... and changes everything.
Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide...

`It is a brilliantly creative work of fiction' We Love this Book (The Bookseller)

`It's a gentle book, full of emotion, and similar in tone to The Book Thief' Irish Times

`Storytelling at its finest, Louise Beech is a beguiling wordsmith. Prepare to be hooked' Amanda Prowse

`Beautifully constructed, laugh-out-loud funny in places, achingly sad in others, I completely fell in love' John Marrs

`A powerful and moving story' Madeleine Black
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910633828
  • 9781910633823
  • 778,665

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Storytelling at its finest. Louise Beech is a beguiling wordsmith. Prepare to be hooked' Amanda Prowse; `Beautifully constructed, laugh-out-loud funny in places, and achingly sad in others. I completely fell in love' John Marrs; `Bold, powerful and redemptive ... a triumph' Katie Marsh; 'Beautiful, poignant, funny, heart-rending, dark ... this book will stay with me for a very long time' Claire Douglas; `A powerful and moving story' Madeleine Black; `Captivating and haunting' Louisa Treger; `Heartfelt and wry, this will transport you into a keenly observed world; secrets are hidden, people are flawed, but humanity endures' Ruth Dugdall; `A story of pain and love ... moving and real' Vanessa Lafaye; `This is real life, bruised, torn and coffee-stained, refusing to give up ... simply stunning' Su Bristow; `Brimming with emotional honesty and glorious imagery' Gill Paul; `It's impossible not to love Catherine-Maria Hope. After you turn the last page, you will still sense her ... a million stars to enhance the moon' Carol Lovekin; `Both raw and lyrical, this is gorgeous, honest and incredibly moving' Cassandra Parkin; `Tense and affecting' Michael J. Malone; `Effortlessly captures the grind of real life and infuses it with flourishes of subtle poetry' Matt Wesolowski
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About Louise Beech

Louise Beech has been writing since she could physically hold a pen. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting twice for the Bridport Prize. Her debut novel, How To Be Brave, was a number one bestseller on Kindle in the UK and Australia, and a Guardian's Readers' Pick in 2015. The Mountain in My Shoe was longlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker Prize. Louise is currently writing her fourth book. She lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull - the UK's 2017 City of Culture - and loves her job as Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. You can follow Louise on Twitter @LouiseWriter and on Facebook
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433 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 38% (164)
4 39% (167)
3 17% (75)
2 5% (23)
1 1% (4)
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