Reviews of Undressing the Moon (2002)
Review by michael a draper (2011-02-28)
With one of the most frightening events that a person can face, Piper Kincaid is only thirty-years-old when she feels a lumb in her breast and learns that it is cancer.
Her best friend, Becca, has been staying with her to provide care. However, as the story unfolds, Piper is weak from the effects of the disease and has decided to stop her chemotherapy.
Piper's mother had been a free spirit and worked artistically with glass objects. The family has managed to eek out an existence based on Piper's father's job. Then his company closes the factory. He manages to get a seasonal job but his pride and ambition are broken.
He spends time searching for his wife but eventually gives up and finds someone new. Then, he moves in with his new friend.
With the loss of her parents, Piper's brother, Quinn, becomes her guardian. Piper remained philosophical and dreamed of having a husband.
This is a story of lonileness, despair and hope that captures the reader's heart as we are drawn into Piper's life and find ourselves saying a prayer for her.
The novel is beautifully written. The reader experiences the trama of a young woman who learns that her life may be ending before it has a chance to begin.
(This review refers to the 2002 version titled “Undressing the Moon”)