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Playing with the Moon by Eliza Graham
  

Playing with the Moon

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A haunting historical novel as the events in a sleepy Dorset town of today mix with those of the past. Two women come together, Minna is mourning the loss of her son and the elderly woman, Felix, is a melancholy figure whose past is somehow linked to the discovery of the body of a GI from the Second World War found on the beach. A sensitive story with believable characters.

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Synopsis

Playing with the Moon by Eliza Graham

Shattered by a recent bereavement, Minna and husband Tom retreat to an isolated village on the Dorset coast, hoping to find the solitude that will allow them to cope with their loss and rebuild their foundering marriage. Walking on the beach one day, they unearth a human skeleton. It is a discovery which will plunge Minna into a mystery which will consume her for months to come.


The remains are soon identified as those of Private Lew Campbell, a black American GI who, it seems, drowned during a wartime exercise in the area half a century before. Growing increasingly preoccupied with the dead soldierâs fate, Minna befriends a melancholy elderly woman, Felix, who lived in the village during the war. As Minna coaxes Felixâs story from her, it becomes clear that the old woman knows more about the dead GI than she initially let on.


Playing with the Moon is an unforgettable novel of memory and loss, about the legacy of war, and the need to reconcile ourselves to our past in order to live with the present. Felixâs final shocking confession allows her to come to terms with an event that has cast a shadow over her life, and helps Minna to begin to accept her own loss.

About the Author

Eliza Graham

Eliza Graham lives in the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire, with her husband, children and dogs.

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Publication date

1st February 2008

Author

Eliza Graham

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Publisher

Pan Macmillan

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Paperback

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780230531253

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