Twelve Moons: The most beautiful and inspiring memoir you’ll read
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So I loved the idea of this book, and my 2 stars are for the lovely portrayal of Northumberland and the quality of the nature writing. I told her that reading memoirs like this make me feel less alone, in sisterhood with others who tread the wild pathways too. Compounding this was the fact that every positive element to the book was immediately followed by some deeply morose emotion or thought that made it quite hard to read at times.
An exquisitely and bravely written memoir following the lives of a single mother and her four beautiful daughters, during a year of the pandemic. This line initially made me feel all the anger I had experienced with education systems but also a sense of it being a uniquely female burden of blame. Twelve Moons is one of those stories a book about finding yourself, your voice and a sense that even in the dark of the night, we are never truly alone. This is a debut memoir that will particularly resonate with anyone who has had their life smashed apart and needed to dig deep, just to keep going.Twelve Moons is one of those stories – a book about finding yourself, your voice and a sense that even in the dark of the night, we are never truly alone. Over the course of the year, the moon becomes her fellow traveller through dark times, and companion through joyful ones - and even when the sky is wreathed in cloud, the moon is still felt in the pull of the tides. TWELVE MOONS follows a year spent caught between the wild sea and the changing moon of the wide Northumberland skies.
Their tribe is a force that is at once fragile, but also characterised by strength and togetherness.Every now and again I will be stopped in my tracks by a full moon, crisply white against the night sky, sometimes so big it inspires awe before I quickly get on with what it was I was doing. TWELVE MOONS follows the lunar calendar, each chapter sharing a month and a moon, and shows the simmering power that lies in our often hidden daily lives.
Overall the novel felt to be a contemplation of motherhood and the fierce love between a mother and her daughters. Come down the travelators, exit Sainsbury's, turn right and follow the pedestrianised walkway to Crown Walk and turn right - and Coles will be right in front of you.
Written with intelligence - a blend of lightness, elegance, and even the elegiac, Twelve Moons immerses you in the Northumbrian landscape, with excursions to other quiet places. Over the course of the year, the moon becomes her fellow traveller through dark times, and companion through joyful ones and even when the sky is wreathed in cloud, the moon is still felt in the pull of the tides. A newly single mom and her 4 daughters (including one with specific needs) navigate their small town lifestyle with lots of nature hikes, singing, occasional quarantines, and ocean swimming. Yet we see, she is gravity to the four girls in orbit around her, her own anxiety waxing and waning over the months, as the landscape around them and the turn of the seasons become her refuge. Twelve Moons is a gorgeous book, an elegy to the power of looking up and of taking solace in nature.
I have both the audiobook and the print, as it's one of those beautiful reads that you just want to absorb into yourself in every possible medium.The biggest thing that riled me was Giles' constant references to her ex-husband and the almost pining quality to these sections.