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Maria in the Moon

by Louise Beech

Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Relationship Stories Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Maria in the Moon

One of Our Books of the Year 2017 |  October 2017 Book of the Month

A beautiful, and heart-achingly touching read, step outside of yourself, and into Catherine’s world. A world where a slice of Catherine has been missing since she was nine years old. Set after the devastating Hull floods in 2007, a crisis helpline sits at the centre of the story. Catherine was a bewitching, intriguing, puzzle. As her missing memories began to unfurl, the tale weaved through time, unsettling and thoroughly provoking my thoughts. My heart both cried and soared as I read, Louise Beech writes with quiet, subtle, painful beauty. Her ability to create hope in loss, to reach into darkness and find flashes of light is magical. Memorable, sorrowful, fascinating and yet full of love, Maria In the Moon has possessed my thoughts and taken up residence in my soul - highly recommended.  Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

Maria in the Moon Synopsis

‘Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped calling me it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’

Thirty-two-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…

Maria in the Moon Press Reviews

‘Catherine Hope volunteers for a crisis helpline after her home is destroyed in catastrophic flooding. The calls she receives make her query her own past and unlock thoughts buried long ago A beautiful and compassionate read.’ Maria in the Moon is recommended in   Prima Magazine.

‘She’s an absolutely fantastic author … I’m not going to reveal her plot, it’s almost like a thriller, it’s sad and haunting.’ The song ‘Maria in the Moon’ inspired by the book was first played on BBC Radio Humberside

‘Beautifully constructed, laugh-out-loud funny in places, and achingly sad in others. It’s such a beautifully told story of loss and gain. Equal parts Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett and John Irving, all rolled up into an emotive, heart-breaking story. I completely fell in love’     John Marrs

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ISBN: 9781910633823
Publication date: 30/09/2017
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910633823
Publication date: 30th September 2017
Author: Louise Beech
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Books of the Year 2017, eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense, Romance,

About Louise Beech

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe, was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Maria in the Moon was compared to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, and widely reviewed. All three books have been number one on Kindle, Audible and Kobo in USA/UK/AU. 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, ...

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