What I’m Reading: Hang the Moon

I have been a Jeannette Walls fan. She wrote the book The Glass Castle and another, Half Broke Horses. Both were very good and books I still remember to this day. The Glass Castle was later made into a movie…also very good.

I was on Audible and a book I hadn’t seen before, also by her was listed as a suggestion for me. The book was Hang the Moon.

I started out very much loving this book. I listened to the book and the author reads her own books. I like that…she has a great voice for it. I was so drawn into the book I was listening and purposely doing things so I could listen more and more.

I did like the book but it was a tragic read. People died, houses burned, men were terrible people, and no one knew their true parentage-just to mention a few things. It was a mess of terrible things after terrible things. Yet, the main character, even for a second, didn’t stop and grieve…nothing. No tears. Nada. I know she was a tough girl but not even a slump. Nope. Just moved forward. I found that a little hard to believe. I also had trouble that in the book there was not a single good man. Well, maybe one…but just one. The rest of the book is filled with terrible womanizers throughout. I just don’t believe that is real life…at least not the life I live in. There were and are many good men in my life.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:
Sallie Kincaid is the daughter of the biggest man in a small town, the charismatic Duke Kincaid. Born at the turn of the 20th century into a life of comfort and privilege, Sallie remembers little about her mother who died in a violent argument with the Duke. By the time she is just eight years old, the Duke has remarried and had a son, Eddie. While Sallie is her father’s daughter, sharp-witted and resourceful, Eddie is his mother’s son, timid and cerebral. When Sallie tries to teach young Eddie to be more like their father, her daredevil coaching leads to an accident, and Sallie is cast out.

Nine years later, she returns, determined to reclaim her place in the family. That’s a lot more complicated than Sallie expected, and she enters a world of conflict and lawlessness. Sallie confronts the secrets and scandals that hide in the shadows of the Big House, navigates the factions in the family and town, and finally comes into her own as a bold, sometimes reckless bootlegger.

Amazon readers give the book 4.3 stars. I am going to agree. This was good but in the end tragedy after tragedy got to me a bit.

You can find the book HERE if you are interested. I would love to know if anyone has read this book and please, tell me what you thought. Was it just me that was overwhelmed by the tragedy?

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Hang the Moon”

  1. Hmmmm. I am wondering if I want to read this or not. I really, really liked the Glass Castle and when the author was in the town where I lived at the time, I was able to go to see her and get a signed copy. I enjoyed the next one too. It doesn’t sound like this one is based on a true story, or is it?

  2. I enjoyed the book. I just thought some of the behavior was because of the time period the book took place in. But it seemed like a lot of bad things happened to the main character.

  3. Just finished “Thirteen Doorways, Wolves behind them all” by Laura Ruby. WW 11 book about three siblings who get sent to an orphanage when their mother dies. Main character is Frankie, and a secondary voice is a ghost who fills in background on the orphanage. Really Good.

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