Anne Ellis is content to live mostly apart from her husband of twenty-three years, celebrated writer Jay Ellis. Wounded by his affairs, she has retreated to a secluded seaside home in northern California. But this peaceful existence is shattered by the arrival of her husband's most recent lover -- twenty-year-old Ellen Cassidy, spurned and confused, has come to see the woman Jay always returns to.
With the brutal, unrelenting honesty of youth, Ellen invades Anne's life, forcing her to tell her story. Entering this walled-up existence, Ellen attacks, retreats, then returns again to broach Anne's jealously guarded emotions, making her face the reality of a past filled with missed opportunities and a present holding contentment but not happiness.
Yet through her siege, Ellen discovers much about herself: a young heart that pines not so much over a lost lover as over the terrible feeling of being without love. In the end, the two form a friendship that is as strong and enduring as any in their lives.
Also published in Italy, Germany and France; optioned by Hearst Entertainment.
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Reviews of Moon Passage:
"A sublimely written and deeply satisfying first novel."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"In the tradition of Virginia Woolf, Katharine Anne Porter and, more recently, Alice Walker, Jane LeCompte presents an intimate tale of one woman's self-discovery"
-- Boston Herald
"In an age of change, when women have been engaged in examining and redefining their relations - with kith and kin and myth - Jane LeCompte has written a subtle first novel that brilliantly evokes that process." full review
-- New York Times Book Review
"[Jane LeCompte's] taut phrases are elaborated with the patience and brightness of a goldsmith."
-- Associated Press
"Moon Passage is a first novel of unusual lyric beauty and warmth."
-- Washington Post