The Seventh Moon

The Seventh Moon

Book - 1999
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It is an ancient Chinese belief that in the seventh moon the hungry ghosts of those who have died without proper ceremony come back to haunt the living. In his most mesmerizing novel yet, Marius Gabriel evokes turbulent emotions on every page of this tale of a mother and daughter torn apart by wartime--and of a past never buried. With Japanese planes bombing Singapore early in World War II, Francine Lawrence and her small daughter, Ruth, wait in the fading splendor of Raffles Hotel for Francine's British husband. Together they will flee to England. But when he is delayed, the hotel demands that Francine, half-Chinese and unwelcome there, leave at once. Thus begins a terrifying journey, as Francine seeks to escape a world exploding in nightmare--and ultimately makes a gut-wrenching decision: to entrust Ruth to strangers in order to save the child's life. But when the war ends, all traces of Ruth have vanished; years of searching bring only heartbreak. Three decades later Francine is a formidable businesswoman, pouring all her energies into her companies. Then one day a soft-spoken young woman walks into her New York office on the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts. Her name is Sakura, and she hints that she may be Francine's daughter. What Francine does not know is that beneath Sakura's calm surface lives the heart of a warrior. Francine cannot begin to imagine the places Sakura has been, the horrors she has endured--or the secret that gives her the strongest motive in the world to lie. WithThe Seventh Moonreaders will discover why critics have called Marius Gabriel "gripping" (Kirkus Reviews) and "spellbinding" (Booklist). This is the most stunning and emotionally powerful novel yet from a storyteller with a rare talent to enthrall.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780553096545
Characteristics: 351 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 30, 2016

Starts out good and stays that way until near the end, then felt kinda like it went off the rails a bit. Takes place in a time and place not usually talked about/taught so that was interesting

Jun 07, 2006

Another superb tale by Marius Gabriel. Having enjoyed "The Original Sin," I was interested in sampling more of his work. Upon initially reading the cover flap, I wasn't sure if I could get into this story of Francine, a woman who survives WWII experiences in southeast Asia but tragically loses her young daughter. I don't have any special interest in war stories or Asia. However, any reservations I had disappeared as I was quickly sucked into the story. It's sadly unfortunate that many of Marius Gabriel's books are no longer in print.


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