Anne Ellis is content to live mostly apart from her husband of twenty-three years, celebrated writer Jay Ellis. Wounded by his affairs, she has retreated to a secluded seaside home in northern California. But this peaceful existent is shattered by the arrival of her husband's most recent lover -- twenty-year-old Ellen Cassidy, spurned and confused, has come to see the woman Jay always returns to. With the brutal, unrelenting honesty of youth, Ellen invades Anne's life, forcing her to tell her story. Entering this walled-up existence, Ellen attacks, retreats, then returns again to broach Anne's jealously guarded emotions, making her face the reality of a past filled with missed opportunities and a present holding contentment but not happiness. Yet through her siege, Ellen discovers much about herself: a young heart that pines not so much over a lost lover as over the terrible feeling of being without love. In the end, the two form a friendship that is as strong and enduring as any in their lives. --inside flap copyFrom Library Journal:
Moon Passage is a provoking and satisfying book, beautifully crafted and polished. Anne Ellis is visited by the impulsive Ellen, a student and former lover of Anne's estranged husband, Jay. Anne has remained the "still center" of Jay's life, and Ellen is curious about that bond. Anne is interested in her own relationship with pain, and is strong enough to allow the intrusion. Eventually she can not only tolerate her guest, but can share her strength with the younger woman. LeCompte's writing is consistently fine, as it must be to support the serenely centered Anne. Literally and figuratively set in M.F.K. Fisher country, this book's descriptive passages are sensory tributes to the notion of home. The resolution of the women's succeeding tropisms is equally rewarding. For every fiction collection.
- Molly McCluer, Alameda Cty. Law Lib., Oakland, Cal.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60916907
Book Description Harpercollins, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060916907
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