The Half Moon

The Half Moon


The story about a marriage in crisis that you will not be able to put down from the New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes

‘A fearless writer’

Lisa Taddeo

‘Compelling, touching, exquisitely crafted . . . I adored this story’

Liane Moriarty

'Keane writes to the heart of the human heart. I could not put this book down'

Miranda Cowley-Heller, author of The Paper Palace

‘A writer of extraordinary depth, feeling and wit’

Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion

‘Luminous . . . She manages to find the extraordinary grace in our achingly ordinary world'

New York Times

'I fell in love with The Half Moon from the first page, and barely looked up until I'd finished.'

Sara Collins

‘Such a delicate story about the real heartbreaks of life’

Claire Daverley, author of Talking at Night

‘One of our finest writers on the interior complexities of marriage and family. I ran my finger over sentences while reading, thinking: Yes, exactly.’

Ann Napolitano, author of Hello Beautiful

There are two sides to every story - and every marriage in crisis. . .

Malcolm is a bartender at the Half Moon in Upstate New York. He has always dreamed of owning a bar, and so when his boss finally retires, he seizes his chance, despite his wife's protests.

Jess has devoted herself to her law career. After years of trying for a baby, she's struggling to accept the idea that motherhood might not be in her future. She finds herself slipping away from both her career and her marriage.

When a blizzard hits on the same day that Malcolm learns some shocking news about Jess, and a regular at the bar goes missing, everyone is frozen in place for a single, pivotal week, forcing Malcolm and Jess to confront their uncertain future.

A beautiful, unforgettable story of love and second chances, for fans of The Paper Palace, Hello Beautiful and Tom Lake.


  • Mary Beth Keane writes to the heart of the human heart. She shows us how love can deepen, how love can stall - hang in the sky like a half moon, waxing and waning in the same moment, equal parts shadow and light. I could not put this book down'
    Miranda Cowley Heller, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Paper Palace

About the author

Mary Beth Keane

Mary Beth Keane attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA. She was awarded a John S. Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing, and has received citations from the National Book Foundation, PEN America, and the Hemingway Society. Born in the Bronx to parents from the west of Ireland, she currently lives in New York, with her husband and their two sons. She is the author of The Walking People, Fever, and most recently, Ask Again, Yes, which spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. To date, translation rights to Ask Again, Yes have sold in twenty-two languages. The Half Moon is her fourth novel.
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