On an early spring night in 1991, Sophie and Crow, flushed with anticipation, slip away from a rowdy high school party and sneak off into the woods. Tonight, for the first time, they will make love. An hour later, Sophie lies unconscious, covered with blood, and Crow is crashing through the underbrush, hurling himself into the river to escape the police. . . .
What was meant to be an idyllic, intimate evening has turned into a nightmare. Despite Crow’s frantic claims of innocence, evidence at the scene suggests his guilt. And Sophie, by now awake in the hospital, refuses to speak, leaving the residents of the couple’s seemingly placid Tennessee town to draw their own wildly varying conclusions.
If Crow isn’t to blame, then who assaulted Sophie, and what compelled Crow to flee? With each answer comes a new set of questions. Elizabeth Cox’s vibrant and lyrical narrative revisits the events leading up to the fateful night, then shows how the tragedy reverberates throughout the community, among parents, friends, teachers, and neighbors–all connected to the young lovers, all with a stake in what happens next. As growing suspicions divide the town, a closer look reveals that everyone has something to hide.
A compelling and passionate page-turner, The Slow Moon waxes full with suspense, a haunting story of innocence lost, lives betrayed, and the courage required to face the truth.
From the Hardcover edition.
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|Title of eBook: The Slow Moon|
|Release Date: 08-01-2006|
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|Publisher: Random House Publishing Group|
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The Slow Moon
So on that April evening in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, with spring just beginning, a copper moon rose, balanced like a huge persimmon, and two young teenagers, Crow Davenport and his girl Sophie, left a party and walked into the woods toward the river to be alone. They were quiet as they walked.
“You okay?” Crow asked her. They had already talked about what they would do tonight.
“I keep thinking somebody’s following us,” said Sophie. Her voice sounded thrilled, expectant.
“Who would follow us?” said Crow.
“I don’t know.”
“Don’t you want to do this?” Crow felt eager but would acquiesce if Sophie changed her mind.
“No. I do.” She looked around. “I do want to.”
“Then what’s the matter?” said Crow. He carried a small blanket from the house under his arm.
“Don’t you hear something?” Sophie asked.
“An owl, maybe.” They kept walking. Crow put his arm around her waist and pushed tree limbs away from her head.
“Wish I could see it,” said Sophie.
“Yeah.” Crow began to rub her shoulders, touching her long dark hair.
“If I could see it, I’d draw it,” she told him.
Sophie’s school notebooks were filled with drawings, and even though those drawings were not the first thing Crow had noticed, her notebook was something he could ask her about. Their first conversation was about how well she could draw.