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5.0 out of 5 stars Past, present and future, 8 Nov 2011
This review is from: Left of the Moon (Kindle Edition)
"Left of the Moon" is a novel that restores one's faith in human nature - not through rose-tinted spectacles, but through showing that, although we can't put back the clock, the past does not have to dictate our behaviour today or tomorrow . We are not victims of fate.

The story has as its main theme family relationships - mainly mother and daughter, but also father and daughter, sibling relationships and husband/wife. I'm sure almost every reader could find themselves somewhere here. The author, Monica Tracey, has a non-sensationalised and powerful way of writing, with genuine humanity and sympathy for her characters, despite their flaws. In addition to the well-drawn characters, the story is beautifully evocative of place - from Ireland to the Abruzzo region of Italy. I enjoyed the incorporation of real people and events which helped to make this a compelling and thought-provoking novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a terrific read, 7 Nov 2011
This review is from: Left of the Moon (Kindle Edition)
This is a novel that engages the reader from the very start. I was moved by the child's loving relationship with her father, and got more and more sucked in to the family revelations, the understated explanations as to the complications of family dynamics, and the ease with which communication breakdown impacts on generations. This is a good story, beautifully written and very well researched. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written, thought provoking book, 19 Aug 2013
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I've waited a long time to read another book by Monica Tracey as it is some years since her first book, Unweaving the Thread was published. I was not disappointed - in ny opinion she is one of the best writers to come out of Northern Ireland in the last twenty years . Her prose is elegant and refined, her characters have real flesh on their bones and her descriptive passages both of Northern Ireland and of Italy are beautifully drawn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Left of the Moon by Monica Tracey - one reader's viewpoint, 7 Jun 2013
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It was a good analysis of a difficult relationship between a parent and child - in this case mother and daughter. That this was partly caused by events prior to the birth of the daughter and partly their respective personalities was brought out in a gripping story. As in real life, coming to terms with events and each other didn't really change their characters. The moving between Ireland, England and Italy helped to hold one's interest and it touched on how families in each country got on with their lives in rather different ways. One star was withheld probably because the switching between countries and context sometimes got confusing. Read and enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 18 Jan 2013
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Interesting characters against an alternating back drop of Northern Ireland, UK and Italy. Fascinating insight into the Italian role in WW2. Lovely descriptions of the landscaped in both NI and Italy. An enjoyable read in Nairobi and in general well received by the book club members
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets - Travel -Mourning, 14 Nov 2011
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A compelling novel about loss and the human condition. A rare page turner in this genre. Sharing vicariously in the secrets of the characters. Travelling between Northern Ireland, South London and Italy. Read in a couple of sittings and mourned when it was finished like Anthony O'Brien.
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