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Girls in the Moon
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Everyone in Phoebe Ferris's life tells a different version of the truth.Her mother, Meg, ex-rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that...
Everyone in Phoebe Ferris's life tells a different version of the truth.Her mother, Meg, ex-rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that...
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  • Everyone in Phoebe Ferris's life tells a different version of the truth.

    Her mother, Meg, ex-rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe's always known. Her sister Luna, indie rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn't like. And her father, Kieran, the co-founder of Meg's beloved band, hasn't said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago.

    But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, she's determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and maybe even to continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she's been secretly writing for months.

    This soul-searching, authentic debut weaves together Phoebe's story with scenes from the romance between Meg and Kieran that started it all—leaving behind a heartfelt reflection on family, fame, and finding your own way.

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  • Janet McNally has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and her stories and poems have been published widely in magazines. She has twice been a fiction fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts. Janet lives in Buffalo with her husband and three little girls in a house full of records and books, and teaches creative writing at Canisius College. Girls in the Moon is her first novel, but she's also the author of a prizewinning collection of poems, Some Girls. You can visit her online at www.janetmmcnally.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 3, 2016
    Sisters Luna and Phoebe Ferris are struggling under the personal and professional disappointments of their rock-star parents, Meg and Kieran, of the defunct band Shelter. The girls’ mother, Meg, long ago took herself out of the spotlight, refusing to let her daughters grow up in the media’s eye, and turning her focus to sculpture. In a moody and reflective fiction debut, McNally follows Phoebe as she heads from upstate New York to Brooklyn to visit older sister Luna, who is on the cusp of fame and about to go on tour with her band, interspersing briefer chapters that flash back to various points during the 1990s and 2000s when their mother was in love, pregnant with each girl, and deciding whether to leave their father. As Phoebe falls for a boy in Luna’s band and reconnects with their estranged father, Luna and Meg try to allow the youngest member of the family to find her own way. McNally is a polished storyteller, her prose alive with vivid descriptions, the excitement of romance, and an artist’s yearning to create. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jay Mandel, William Morris Endeavor.

  • Publishers Weekly "McNally is a polished storyteller, her prose alive with vivid descriptions, the excitement of romance, and an artist's yearning to create."
  • Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces "Girls in the Moon is a beautiful, heartfelt novel about following your own path and finding your voice. Janet McNally's stunning debut is a lush, lyrical paean to mothers, daughters, sisters, and the music that weaves them together."
  • Nina LaCour, award-winning author of Everything Leads to You "In her luminous prose, Janet McNally renders the moments—quiet and loud, in the spotlight and in the dark—that shape us and wound us and make us fully human."
  • Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be "A powerful story of secrets, sisters, mothers and daughters-of a family fractured and pieced back together across time, with love, pain, passion, and music. GIRLS IN THE MOON will stay with you like a song you can't get out of your mind."
  • Jessi Kirby, author of Things We Know by Heart "With lush, lyrical prose and nuanced storytelling, Girls in the Moon is a gorgeous coming-of-age story that sings of sisterhood, secrets, and the ties that both bind and bond us."
  • Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King "Laced through with drumbeats and heartbeats, GIRLS IN THE MOON is pure indie rock and even purer poetry. A luminous story of love, art, yearning, and connection."
  • Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl From Everywhere "Sophisticated, dreamy, and gorgeously written, Girls in the Moon is like spending a summer night reminiscing with old friends."

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