Mad Moon by Alissa C. Miles
"A remarkable, gritty southern fiction story of family, heartache and healing. What a fabulous debut! I was glued to it from the first page."
—Dawnny Ruby, Novels N Latte Reviews
"A beautiful debut novel by Alissa C. Miles. Mad Moon is one of those books that lingers; days after finishing, I am still mulling over the story, reconsidering the different accounts of the past that were relayed to the reader."
"A remarkable written book by, Alissa C.Miles, that readers will keep hearing and speaking about."
Jo Evans is eight years old. She loves her mama and wants nothing more than for them to be safe from her abusive father. So, when her mother, Catherine, decides they should leave, Jo packs her few belongings and readies herself for their escape to Wimbee Island, South Carolina, to her Grandmother Bibba's house.
Homecomings are never easy and when Jo and her family settle in at Bibba's, Jo realizes she's connected to a past she knows nothing about.
Three generations of women.
Three generations of abuse, lies, and betrayal.
Later, as an adult, when Jo becomes a wife and mother, she longs to feel grounded in her roles. She knows she must return and face the dark moments of that summer spent on Wimbee.
Mad Moon is a unique storytelling exploration of childhood memories and the affect trauma can have throughout adulthood. It's also a poignant peek into real love, the importance of friendship, how deeply connected women's stories can be and how that revelation can wash away sorrows of the past.
Alissa C. Miles is a writer living in Hillsborough with her husband, two sons, mother, and three dogs. In addition to writing, she hosts a podcast called Title Page on which she interviews authors, and talks about books and writing. Mad Moon is her debut novel.