Goodreads Monday is a really simple weekly meme, hosted by new host Budget Tales Book Blog, where you choose a book at random from your Goodreads TBR and explain why you want to read it.
This week’s pick is The Half Moon by Mary Beth Keane.
Malcolm Gephardt, handsome and gregarious long time bartender at the Half Moon, has always dreamed of owning a bar. When his boss finally retires, Malcolm stretches to buy the place. He sees unquantifiable magic and potential in the Half Moon and hopes to transform it into a bigger success, but struggles to stay afloat.
His smart and confident wife, Jess, has devoted herself to her law career. After years of trying for a baby, she is facing the idea that motherhood may not be in the cards for her. Like Malcolm, she feels her youth beginning to slip away and wonders how to reshape her future.
Award-winning author Mary Beth Keane’s new novel takes place over the course of one week when Malcolm learns shocking news about Jess, a patron of the bar goes missing, and a blizzard hits the town of Gillam, trapping everyone in place. With a deft eye and generous spirit, Keane explores the disappointments and unexpected consolations of midlife, the many forms forgiveness can take, the complicated intimacy of small-town living, and what it means to be a family.
Why do I want to read it?
Well…Mary Beth Keane. I read Ask Again, Yes when it came out in 2019 and I remember it staying with me long after I had turned the last page. Coming across this novel on Goodreads, I just knew I had to read it because of the author alone.