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Half-Moon Scar

Allison Green

St. Martin's Press

Amy is a thirtysomething lesbian who escaped her small, Midwestern hometown of Willow Bay, Wisconsin, to pursue an academic career and establish a life with her lover. After years away from Willow Bay, she returns to visit the people she's left behind-only to discover that her old friends Gina and Gavin have learned to dissociate from their pasts in extreme ways that rival her own. Amy's tendency toward self-mutilation parallels both Gavin's anorexia and Gina's moody detachment from life, and Amy soon begins to fear for Gavin's life while becoming more and more bewildered by Gina's behavior.

As past and present collide and the visit extends far beyond its intended length, Amy finds that she must reconcile the tense relationship with her family and her long-standing attraction to Gina, as well as her past romantic experimentation with Gavin. Together, Amy, Gina, and Gavin examine the scars--both emotional and physical, visible and invisible--that pervade their still-unresolved lives.

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Victoria and Main
I sat in my mother’s car outside Gina’s house, the map of Willow Bay in my lap, finger on the corner of Victoria and Main. My mother’s car smelled like hand lotion and those thick tissues that come in pink boxes. Rain hit the windshield. Across the street was a Catholic church and a Catholic church school, a green lawn, sprinklers turning in the rain. The rain on the windshield blurred the school and the green lawn. When my Lutheran mother married my Catholic father, the room in the basement of the Lutheran church where they held the reception could have
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Praise for Half-Moon Scar

"In to-the-point prose that is nonetheless emotionally charged, Green delivers a hard-hitting coming-of-age story that perfectly evokes small-town Wisconsin in the seventies."--Out

"Allison Green is a smart, savvy writer. I hope this intense, lyrically debut novel gets the readership it deserves."--Rebecca Brown, author of The Dogs

"Allison Green's prose is knife sharp, enters clean and strikes deep. Half-Moon Scar is a powerful, heartbreaking novel."--Judith Katz, author of The Escape Artist

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Allison Green

  • Allison Green is a professor of writing and women's studies, as well as coordinator of the Culture, Gender, & Global Studies Department, at a Washington State community college. This is her first novel.
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