Finished December 27
Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron
The title for this novel was taken from the poem "Funeral Blues" by W.H. Auden. The main story takes place within a short time period in the late spring of 2014, but there are flashbacks to earlier times. Kate Monroe is a painter, and the book begins with a showing of her work, the first since her son's death 3 years earlier. Kate's son Robin was dying from cancer, but he died from carbon monoxide poisoning, in her car, in their garage, with his father Nolan at the wheel.
Nolan went to jail for that, and has been slowly rebuilding his life.
Kate has another secret, she had another child. When her daughter Pree shows up at Kate's art show she is stunned, and doesn't know how to react. What should she tell Pree, What should she tell Nolan. What should she tell herself. As the voice of the novel rotates between Kate, Nolan, and Pree, we find out their stories,
This is a story of love, a story of loss, and a story of family. Nolan always thought that Kate was the most honest person he knew, but she has secrets she hasn't even told herself. Each character has issues that they are struggling with, and the reader walks with them through those issues.