Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by he author with the assistance of Pump Up your Books Virtual Blog Tour, for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the author.
This is the story of my mother and father and my dashing, bachelor uncle, my father’s identical twin, and how they lived together with their courage and their stumblings, as they made their way into old age and then into death. And it’s the story of the journey from one twin’s death to the other, of what happened along the way, of what it means to lose the other who is also oneself.
My story takes the reader through the journey of the end of life: selling the family home, re-location at a retirement community, doctor’s visits, ER visits, specialists, hospitalizations, ICU, nursing homes, Hospice. It takes the reader through the gauntlet of the health care system with all the attendant comedy and sorrows, joys and terrors of such things. Finally it asks: what consolation is there in growing old, in such loss? What abides beyond the telling of my own tale? Wisdom carried from the end of the journey to readers who are perhaps only beginning theirs. Still, what interest in reading of this inevitable journey taken by such ordinary people? Turned to the light just so, the beauty and laughter of the telling transcend the darkness of the tale.
Full Moon at Noontide is a memoir of Putnam’s cherished moments with her family. Putnam is an English professor whose writing resonates with you. Aside from the fact that the material is touching, her writing just helps to push you over the edge until you do either one of two things: you laugh out loud or you just start crying.
The theme of this story was the issue of getting older and the little things that people do when they get to that stage in their lives. I found that the story was an attractive read simply because of the nature of it. There were times where I simply just could not put down this book. It reminded me of the fact that nothing lasts forever and that you should appreciate the elders in your life. At the same time, the story also made me become aware of the little signs of growing older and how these traits become more pronounced later on in life.
Hands down my favorite character was Henry. He provided most, if not all of the comic relief in the story. He made no apologies for the things that he said, he just did. I think that perhaps this trait was always a part of Henry and I could imagine him being a very brave, opinionated man in his youth.
There were several things that stood out for me in this story, more pertinent is the fact that no matter how independent you are in life or what profession you were in, at some point or the other old age gets the better of us and we are forced to seek the help of nursing homes and private nurses to take care of us. Personally, I am not looking forward to that moment for myself or for my loved ones, but seeing that in the story and how Ann dealt with it makes you want to prepare mentally for the moment.
Not many books can move me the way that this book did. It was a great read and I would recommend it to everyone.
I have one (1) copy of this book to giveaway. This giveaway will end on June 25th. To enter, you must be an active participant in the author chat with Ann Putnam over at the book club. In this case you must have made two or more posts in the author chat forum to be eligible to win. Here’s the link for the author chat.
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This competition is opened to US and Canadian residents only. The winners will be chosen via random.org and they will be announced on June 26th.
Good Luck everyone and thanks for participating.