Pack Up the Moon

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 8, 2008 - Fiction - 384 pages
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THERE'S A BIG LIFE AHEAD OF HER.
CAN SHE FIND THE COURAGE TO LIVE IT?


Emma is twenty-six -- pretty, intelligent, and happily living with her childhood sweetheart John in a cute little Dublin apartment. Her biggest problem is that her mother won't stop nagging her to get married already. Emma and John feel like the perfect couple, their future alive with possibilities. But out of the blue, a tragedy throws her life into disarray -- and Emma is suddenly, incomprehensibly, alone.

As she emerges from grief, Emma has to find a whole new way of living, and her loyal friends rally round in an attempt to help. Clodagh, Emma's lifelong friend, with whom she's shared everything from mud pies to dating disasters. Anne and Richard, more-or-less happily married and debating a move to the country. Emma's brother Noel, the young Catholic priest, finding his own faith tested even as he tries to comfort Emma. Seán, the gorgeous bad boy of a thousand one-night stands, uncomfortably aware of his and Emma's growing connection. Witty, acerbic, and sometimes downright shocking, Emma documents the stories of her friends and her own recovery from grief with a candor that engages the reader from the very first page.

With an amazing insight into the power of friendship and a wry, irreverent humor that considers no subject off-limits, talented new Irish writer Anna McPartlin tells a heartwarming story of the courage it takes to move past loss and learn to live.
 

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User Review  - Kace - LibraryThing

I'll get my only gripe out of the way before I rave about the story. It's a personal one probably, and doesn't really reflect on the ability of the author, which is amazing.I did not understand how Em ... Read full review

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User Review  - chutzpanit - LibraryThing

Pack Up the Moon is a book that I found online while browsing at Borders.com. The first time I picked it up, during camp this summer, I kind of read a few pages and then set it down. Around ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
22
Section 4
29
Section 5
33
Section 6
50
Section 7
58
Section 8
66
Section 15
149
Section 16
160
Section 17
170
Section 18
196
Section 19
213
Section 20
243
Section 21
262
Section 22
283

Section 9
78
Section 10
88
Section 11
102
Section 12
120
Section 13
127
Section 14
141
Section 23
296
Section 24
314
Section 25
338
Section 26
358
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Page ix - Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last for ever : I was wrong.
Page 6 - I'll kill it. I don't want his baby, Geof. I don't want to be a mother. I don't want to be a woman.

About the author (2008)

Anna McPartlin, who was shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year in the 2007 Irish Book Awards, was formerly a stand-up comedian and a cabaret performer. She lives in Dublin with her husband, Donal.

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