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Lush and fiercely beautiful, Moon Tide follows the lives of three women in a small fishing town on the Massachusetts coast, from 1913 to the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. With lyrical prose, wisdom, and insight, Dawn Clifton Tripp maps the shifting tensions in a small town on the verge of change. Like the growing weight of a storm, the lives in Westport Point builLush and fiercely beautiful, Moon Tide follows the lives of three women in a small fishing town on the Massachusetts coast, from 1913 to the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. With lyrical prose, wisdom, and insight, Dawn Clifton Tripp maps the shifting tensions in a small town on the verge of change. Like the growing weight of a storm, the lives in Westport Point build in emotional momentum even as the storm approaches, and the landscape of the earth comes to reflect the geography of the mind. A novel of love and loss, survival and revelation, Moon Tide is an extraordinary debut....

Title : Moon Tide
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ISBN : 9780375761164
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Moon Tide Reviews

  • Kim Wright
    2018-10-03 07:27

    I also loved Tripp's second book about the New England coast, and together her novels show two sides of Massachusetts life. An isolated and insular town is swept away by a hurricane in the dreamy Moon Tide while the same town in the base for the violent rum-running trade in The Season of Open Water. But whether the brutality comes in human or man-made form, Tripp is a master of showing how the tenuous peace of daily life can be suddenly shattered, throwing her characters into internal and external chaos. I consider these books to be perfect examples of "the thinking woman's beach reads" since they show how the ocean, like the human heart, is capable of changing from placid to tumultuous with every turn of the page.

  • Crystal
    2018-10-12 13:32

    I'm a poet and so you may safely assume I have nothing against poetic language - not even a novel full of it. And yet I can't find it in my heart to honestly recommend this book. It's hugely overwritten. By turning all her characters in figures of her poetic imagination, the author manages to strip the book of its core. It's all smoke and no fire. Most the characters come off so wispy, by the time the monster moon tide storm ravages their small New England, the reader cannot be surprised that so many of them perished; they hardly seemed alive in the first place. Reading this book was a bit like eating cotton candy - sweet but insubstantial.

  • Elizabeth Cox
    2018-09-29 09:31

    Dawn Tripp is an artist and Moon Tide is her canvas. I've never read anything like this before. Mrs Tripp takes the English language and presses and squeezes it between her fingers and hands to derive a suitable medium that she then splashes onto paper which becomes a product (story) much like Eve, one of her principle characters in Moon Tide, does with bits of food and flowers to make paint which she paints into beautiful pictures. I had trouble reading her lyrical prose at first, but found that I was drawn back into the book after each chapter. I couldn't wait to find out were it was going. About midway through, however, it seem, to me at least, Mrs. Tripp had tired of writing, and the second half appeared rushed and less complex than the beginning. I wish she had taken her time and had painted the ending as beautifully as the beginning.

  • Julie
    2018-10-09 15:26

    I really disliked this novel. I didn't like the characters, didn't like the flowery strange language, hated some of the idiotic actions they took (no real person throws a fortune into a hurricane, or tries to fly with some weird bird feather contraption)... This just didn't work for me on any level, too many deaths and unrequited love.

  • Buchdoktor
    2018-10-15 09:18

    Wie ihren dritten Roman Das Liebesspiel fügt Dawn Tripp auch in Mondgischt (Moon Tide) kurze Kapitel zum Bild einer Familie und eines kleinen Ortes zusammen. Die Handlung spielt zwischen 1913 und 1938 in dem kleinen Ort Westport, der 1938 wie im Roman von einem Hurrican zerstört wurde. Es sit die Geschichte Elizabeths, die sich im alter in Gedanken immer öfter in ihre Heimat Irland zurückdenkt, ihrer Enkelin Eve und Maggie, einer Frau, die Elizabeth versorgt. Die Familiengeschichte wird ergänzt durch die wirtschaftliche und soziale Entwicklung des kleinen Fischerorts zu einem Touristenort. Anders als andere Frauen ihrer Generation hatte Elizabeth andere Sehnsüchte als makellos gefaltete Wäsche, ihr war ihr sorgfältig nach Nationalliteraturen geordentes Bücherregal wichtig. Als Handwerker, Kaufmann und Schmuggler treten in der Geschichte interessante Männerfiguren auf, die noch auf der Suche nach einem Auskommen im Zeichen des Strukturwandels sind. Fischen, das Meer, das Wetter und die Landschaft mit ihren charakteristischen vor der See geschützten Flussarmen spielen ein wichtige Rolle im Buch.Das Zusammenstückeln der Geschichte aus den Blickwinkeln mehrerer Personen hat mich in meinem zweiten Tripp-Roman nicht mehr begeisert, dafür bin ich vom historischen Hintergrund des Romans sehr angetan, der in den Quellenangaben nachzuverfolgen ist."Eve weiß, dass ihr Vater seit dem Tod der Mutter in Gedanken ungezählte Bücher verfasst hat - lange Romane, schmerzerfüllte Prosagedichte. Er hat an Absätzen gefeilt, sie laut rezitiert und so lange an der Sprache geschmirgelt, bis nur noch Staub übrig war. Er hat Sätze ersonnen, die originell und verblüffend genug sind, um Stein zu erweichen, und dennoch vermag er, wenn er den Füllhalter auf das leere Blatt setzt, kein einziges Wort Tinte herauszuquetschen. Im Laufe der Jahre haben sich die ungenützten Wörter um ihn herum aufgetürmt. Er ist durch die Sprache gewandert und hat in ihrer wunderbaren Unendlichkeit die Orientierung verloren." (S. 208)

  • Amanda
    2018-10-06 11:33

    One of the most well-written novels i've read in some time, Moon Tide is a gorgeous saga of a town, its people, the land and the water and how their lives are influenced by their environment. Tripp paints a lavish and thrilling portrait of the landscape and creates memorable characters that continue to resonate for me. I had to read some passages aloud to my husband because they were rendered with such precision and beauty. Tripp is clearly a close listener and observer. I have never read such a stirring and true description of a storm before, particularly its sounds. I fell in love with the town of this book. I wanted to collected herbs with Maggie, read books with Elizabeth, hang around in Paris with Eve, & fall in love with Jake. I adored the pace of this novel. I savoured it like a six-course table d'hote meal where the chef has carefully and lovingly considered all the senses in order to create a feast.

  • Ivy
    2018-10-12 15:21

    Sometimes you read a book that speaks to you; you go through your day thinking about it. Dawn Tripp's Moon Tide was that kind of book for me. Carefully researched, lovingly written, it is a book that evokes a time and place which are long gone. I could feel the sharp, salty bite of the New England coastline, and I recognized, or at least understood, many of the characters. Not only did Ms. Tripp bring to life the kinds of people my parents and grandparents once knew and spoke of, she described their day-to-day ways of life with the kinds of details that linger long after reading is completed. Replete with apt literary allusions, a graceful and poetic style of writing, and a fearless sense of plot, this book is a gem--savor it!

  • Megan Codera
    2018-09-22 13:39

    I was immediately pulled in by the language, so beautiful I sometimes read out loud. And then each character was brought into the light gradually, with just enough mystery that I couldn't turn away. I loved the quiet of the landscape and the simple way she brought complicated people together. This was one of those stories that calmed me before/after a long day. In a way, it was like letting yourself just lay back and watch the sky and really fall into it. A cloud can transform in an instant and never be the same again...And the sky can wipe out a whole town, a whole coast of towns, taking all those complicated stories... I fell for the characters so hard I was sad when I woke this morning.

  • Eleena Rioux
    2018-09-19 10:34

    Enjoyed reading. can visualize the local area coastal communities that they talk about in this book. If you are from here, spend time here or have knowledge of the area then you will enjoy this read. You can see the people as they would have been, and still see so many of the mannerisms of the people then in many of the people you will meet there in similar coastal towns in the areas today. Enjoyed reading and seeing three very differnt women's view points for the same community and lives... Proves the point of what one is seeing it NOT what another is :)

  • Anna Anthony
    2018-10-12 14:21

    Beautifully written!She captures the true soul of the cape with her beautiful sentances and very well written characters.Wish I could have read this one while laying on the beach in Cape Cod.I agree with another review that called it a "Sophisticated Beach read".I will definately read anything else that she writes.

  • Lee Regan
    2018-10-11 08:24

    "Tripp is an unusual stylist who filters all her characters' perceptions and emotions through their connection to the land. Haunting, ethereal, and often brutal, her novel achieves the resonance of myth". Booklist Review

  • Liz
    2018-10-04 08:26

    This book is so beautifully written. It is gorgeous and lyrical on top of being a wonderful and evocative story. Read it--do yourself a favor.

  • Allison
    2018-10-08 12:33

    Like a fine wine or a gourmet meal, this is one book that I slowly enjoyed. Beautifully written like poetry.

  • Grace
    2018-10-07 10:31

    This was one of those books that pulls you in and makes you feel like you are living right alongside the characters. Great book.

  • Sybil Mcguire
    2018-09-28 07:41

    Author admits she was more interested in portraying the region than the people. It shows. A bit of a slog.

  • Joseph J Lyons
    2018-10-19 08:42

    A Great Work of Historical FictionAs a surfaster, I'm intimately familiar with the intertidal zone, estuaries, the comings and goings of bait fish and gamefish. My great-grandparents on my maternal side, were Block Island residents. I can remember grandmother's sister who was so in touch with the land she could have been a druid, and I remember my grandmother's superstitions, and tje peculiar vernacular they all share.So much I've learned through my time on the water, and the vicarious knowledge from my grandmother about Block Island, lines up with what Ms. Tripp has written. I don't have nearly the scope of knowledge of customs, or insight into the different interpersonal relationships .Thank you, Ms. Tripp. Thank you for filling in so many of the blanks I have always been very interested in.Joe Lyons

  • Gretchen
    2018-10-16 13:23

    3.5 stars. It took some time for my brain to adjust to the cadence of this book. the author molds words like playdough, in a way that is both beautiful and distracting. Once I got past that, I found the story line and the characters intriguing. Having spent many summer holidays in Mattapoisett, not far from where this book is set, I loved reading about the familiar places and landscapes.

  • Lauren
    2018-10-20 09:24

    I was a huge fan of Georgia - it was my favorite book to give as a gift last year- and this was lovely but nowhere near as powerful or even as well written. The plot itself is very conventional and the writing - which again is lovely and poetic, feels a bit overwrought. Also, magical Negro and gratuitous lesbian sex. Meh.

  • John Henry
    2018-10-15 11:35

    Three and a half stars. This was a tough book to break into and early on I decided I would not expect perceivable plotting or character development but just delight in Tripp's fantastic narrative and thematic scroll work. Because she is an extremely adept wordsmith. But the more I read the more I saw the development of Story and Character and by the end I was captivated and won over. I'm so glad I kept reading. It might be an either or kind of book, love it or hate it, and I loved this book. So maybe this book is not for everyone, that maybe it can't be. Like the singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen for example. I'd recommend it to everyone.

  • Amy
    2018-10-02 15:46

    Tripp has a poetic writing style that at first took me a little time to appreciate, but not very long. In no time, I really started to enjoy the unique flow of her writing. There is a sense of steadiness mixed with the ebb and flow of heartache and sweetness in the midst of life's pace, much like the flow of a peaceful moon tide. There is a sense of longing and sadness with the sound of a tide, the same is true of the moon. I really enjoyed this harmonious book.

  • Tisha
    2018-10-10 07:46

    This novel follows the lives of the local people of a Massachuseets fishing town from 1913 to the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. Great premise for a novel. Very slow moving though. Not enough story for what happens to everyone after the hurricane since I did get vested in some of the lives of these local people.

  • Britta
    2018-10-19 07:29

    I really like the scenic descriptions and I wanted to visit the coastal region,I think it was Maine, where the book took place. But, to me the book had an annoying habit of switching back and forth between past and present, which also moved the book along far too slowly. The final chapters moved along quite quickly and I found myself wondering what the outcome of the story would be.

  • Amy
    2018-09-25 13:43

    I thought this book would be a good read, and I really wanted to like it, but honestly, reading it felt a lot like wading through wet sand. I will say that much of it was beautifully written, but the plot was thin and I never could identify with any of the characters.

  • Bj Travis Thomas
    2018-10-07 08:41

    I really tried with this book but couldn't! The author seemed to be so wrapped up in being lyrical that the story and the characters got lost. I was so frustrated with her because I think she had a good story to tell and it got lost.

  • Marvin Soroos
    2018-09-24 11:20

    A haunting novel of life in a New England village leading up to the big killer hurricane that struck the area in September 1938. I found the text artistic but difficult to follow and the plot lines rather bland.

  • Joan Martin
    2018-09-22 09:39

    This book is beautifully written, and the story, though sometimes difficult to follow, draws one into the colorful and challenging lives of these women who struggle in love, loss of life and joy.

  • Kathy
    2018-09-30 08:43

    Loved the sense of place. Beautifully done.

  • Susan Hammond
    2018-10-17 12:25

    interestnig fictional account of the 1938 hurricane in westport, ma. very compelling reading.

  • Barbie S
    2018-10-08 14:41

    Set in Westport, Ma.

  • DeAnna Rigney
    2018-09-25 14:41

    This could have been interesting if someone that could write books had written it. Unfortunately that wasn't the case, and therefore it is a slow crawl to Boredomville. Yawn.