Turtle Moon transports the listener to Verity, Florida, a place where anything can happen during the month of May, when migrating sea turtles come to town, mistaking the glow of the streetlights for the moon.
A young single mother is murdered in her apartment and her baby is gone. Keith, a 12-year-old boy in the same apartment building—the self-styled "meanest boy" in town—also disappears. In pursuit of the baby, the boy and the killer, are Keith's divorced mother and a cop who himself was once considered the meanest boy in town. Their search leads them down the humid byways of a Florida populated almost exclusively by people from somewhere else; emotional refugees seeking sanctuary along the swampy coast.
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Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of nearly twenty acclaimed novels beloved by teens and adults, including Aquamarine and Practical Magic, both made into major motion pictures, as well as The Foretelling, Green Angel, The Ice Queen, and Here on Earth (an Oprah Book Club selection). She has also written the highly praised story collections Local Girls and Blackbird House. The author lives outside of Boston.From AudioFile:
Set mainly in Florida and radiating with magical nuances, Hoffman's story, basically a murder mystery with love subplots, requires a more evocative and careful reading. For a novel so crowded with characters and details, Sandra Burr's accelerated reading is destructive to both the mood and the meaning of the work. Burr's male voices sound strained. Also, almost all natural pauses have been eliminated. Better to read the novel oneself than to listen to this careless sprint through its pages. P.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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