SONG OF THE ORANGE MOONS
Publisher : Blooming Tree Press
Description

Song of the Orange Moons is a mosaic of stories that follow the intertwined lives of three girls coming of age. Two young girls and an elderly widow try to find happiness in a seemingly cruel world. In spite of their different cultural and economic backgrounds, Rebecka, Helen, and Adelle all share the delicate, self-conscious journey to womanhood. All three search for love and meaning in a variety of places-- a charismatic church, a Depression-era orphanage, a moonlit Savannah park, an orthodox Jewish boarding school-- and end up finding lasting strength in the power of their friendships.



The Story Behind This Book
SONG OF THE ORANGE MOONS is a mosaic of stories that follow the intertwined lives of three girls coming of age. Two young girls and an elderly widow try to find happiness in a seemingly cruel world. In spite of their different cultural and economic backgrounds, Rebecka, Helen, and Adelle all share the delicate, self-conscious journey to womanhood. All three search for love and meaning in a variety of places-- a charismatic church, a Depression-era orphanage, a moonlit Savannah park, an orthodox Jewish boarding school-- and end up finding lasting strength in the power of their friendships.


Praise and Reviews

Nuanced and lovely, written in three pitch-perfect voices of narrators aching for a self, Song of the Orange Moons is an enchanting debut novel from an exciting new writer. ~ Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

In this premiere novel, Lori Ann Stephens offers a poignant allegory of our time. Each of her characters seeks the true nature of the woman within; each must recognize and accept both the bitterness and the sweetness of life’s deeper truths.

            Clay Reynolds, award-winning author of Monuments and Franklin’s Crossing

The characters and, just as importantly, the words in Lori Ann Stephens’s debut novel will stay with you long after you close the cover. Full of heart and startling images, Song of the Orange Moons is a haunting book about love and loss. The interwoven stories of a widow and her two young neighbors are humorous and horrific, and crafted with bittersweet honesty. I highly recommend it.   ~Robert Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American

This is a book about love, loss, reclamation.  Stephens reconstructs the brutal, vivid experience of childhood with startling clarity.  A fine, exquisite novel full of feeling and careful observation.
~Claudia Smith, Pushcart Prize nominee and author of The Sky is a Well, and Put Your Head in My Lap



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Lori Stephens
Lori Ann Stephens’s debut novel, Song of the Orange Moons, will be released in October 2010 by Blooming Tree Press. When she's not writing or teaching writing, she reads, dances, More...