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The Moon's Wife

(1993)
A Hystery
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
This literary modern fantasy by the author of Wyvern wraps the trappings of Wicca, or witchcraft, around the classical myth of the god who takes a human wife. The orderly life of small-town bookkeeper Sigrid Lindo is turned upside down when the moon proposes marriage to her. ''Siggy'' becomes plagued by inexplicable orgasms at inopportune times and places, has visions and hears voices. Fearing she is going insane, she enters a psychiatric clinic. Her afflictions, however, are really the courtship gifts of the Moon, who inhabits the body of a fellow ''lunatic'' in order to woo her in the more acceptable way. With the help of this ''moon-in-the-man'' and two elderly Pagan witches, Siggy embarks upon a grand adventure to discover her true potential. Though unmistakably adult, this story has the youthful exuberance of such children's fantasies as the works of E. Nesbit, peopled with engaging, picturesque characters. The ancient, sexist motif of divine rape is transformed here with a fresh contemporary twist, as the old Moon-god has to learn the modern way to win a bride. Wicca has been extensively mined for fantasy material, but Attanasio uses its symbolism and rituals imaginatively, creating an echanting and emotional tale.

Library Journal
Siggy Lindo lives a normal and somewhat boring life until one day, in a supermarket, she receives a proposal of marriage--from the Moon ''himself''--which transforms her existence into a mystical roller-coaster ride on the rails of danger and intrigue. The author of Kingdom of the Grail (HarperCollins, 1992) continues his unconventional approach to fiction with his latest modern fantasy, a story that is part magical realism, part erotic comedy. Larger libraries may want to consider this quirky title for their general fiction or fantasy collections.

    

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Hardback Editions

May 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Moon's Wife: A Hystery
Author(s): A A Attanasio
ISBN: 0-06-017740-3 / 978-0-06-017740-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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Paperback Editions

May 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Moon's Wife: NTW
Author(s): Al Attanasio
ISBN: 0-450-60640-6 / 978-0-450-60640-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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May 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Moon's Wife: A Hystery
Author(s): A A Attanasio
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