Ring Around the Moon

Ring Around the Moon

A Novel

Book - 1998 | First edition
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A cry in the night awakens ten-year-old Amy Beale and alerts her to the difficulties in her parents' marriage.Earlier that steamy evening in July 1940, her mother, Arleatha, witnessed yet another of her husband's infidelities at one of his notorious "rent parties." Amy overhears her sobbing in the middle of the night, as Jack Beale begs for another chance. Arleatha agrees to give him one year.

From her bed, a terrified Amy tries to strike a bargain with God: Keep the family together, and she will never do anything bad. Amen. But as every adult knows, a child cannot keep a family together -- and sometimes even love isn't enough.

In Ring Around the Moon, an older, wiser Amy looks back on that pivotal year. She chronicles the family's move from a small colored community to an affluent town nearby; the conflict there as she and her brothers, Lonnie and James, adjust to new friends, a new school, and interfering relatives and neighbors.

As the months pass and the children grow used to their surroundings, the struggle between Jack and Arleatha continues. Arleatha puts forth her best efforts but becomes ever more exasperated as her husband continues to drink, gamble, and play around. A proud man who feels trapped in his black skin, Jack wants a family but cannot help always looking for "the good life" for himself. His desires, as well as outside influences, strain their already difficult marriage. Then a terrible incident threatens to break up the family once and for all.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c1998
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780688159870
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 25 cm


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