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Moon Water: A Novel
by Pam Webber

Published: 2019-08-20
Paperback : 280 pages
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“Moon Water is a flood of love and tragedy. There is intense action and humor, soul satisfying courage and redemption, and throughout, Webber's knowing, authoritative hand with setting and character.”--David L. Robbins, New York Times bestselling author

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“Moon Water is a flood of love and tragedy. There is intense action and humor, soul satisfying courage and redemption, and throughout, Webber's knowing, authoritative hand with setting and character.”--David L. Robbins, New York Times bestselling author

Moon Water is a captivating stand-alone sequel to the bestselling novel, The Wiregrass. A Historical Novel Society’s Editor’s Choice and Southern Literary Review’s Read of the Month, the story follows Nettie, a gritty young woman who is reeling from sucker punches. Her boyfriend breaks up just as they were figuring out the sex thing, her nemesis is jabbing her with perfectly polished nails, and her hell’s fire and brimstone preacher refuses to baptize her. In the midst of the turmoil, an old medicine woman gives her a cryptic message about a blood moon whose veiled danger threatens everyone she loves.

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Preface
Nibi pulled her shawl tight against the midnight chill. The unearthly call of the weathered dreamcatcher had beckoned her from a sound sleep. Studying the portal in the center of the web, she understood why. A human darkness lurked among the shadows, waiting patiently for a chance to hurt the woman-child she loved. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. Nettie’s journey toward adulthood had many twists and turns. Did any of them resemble your young adulthood? If so, how?

2. Nibi and Win could see the unseen and know the unknown. How was this gift double-edged?

3. How did your perception of Nibi evolve?

4. How do the events surrounding Ethan and Cal’s family situation parallel the storyline?

5. In what ways does Alise Allen’s self-imposed isolation parallel Piccolo’s life?

6. Nettie and Anne’s antagonistic relationship began long before their interest in Andy. Have you experienced similar relationships?
Would you have done what Nettie did? If yes, why? If no, why not?
7. Nettie paid a price for being honest regarding her doubts about faith. Have you ever voiced similar doubts? If so, what was the reaction of those you told?

8. Nettie’s gritty behavior and language challenged her relationship with Pastor Williams. What was unique about how both reacted to these challenges over time?

9. Mr. Danes reflects the duality of good and evil in the same person. What about Nettie made her an easy target for his evil side? His good side?

10. In what ways had Nibi prepared Win and Nettie for what they would have to face?

11. Andy was not a typical teenager. In what ways was he different? How did these differences influence the storyline?

12. How did Chief Brannon help bridge the gap between Native American traditions and contemporary Christianity? In what ways did his views influence the storyline?

13. Describe the symbolic parallels between the dreamcatchers, the engraving found in the church, and Christianity?

14. Take a few minutes to read about the history of the Monacan Indians of Virginia at www.monacannation.com. What about their history makes Nettie and Win’s friendship special?

15. In the end, what had Nettie discovered about love, hate, life, faith, and reconciliation. What has Nettie’s journey helped you discover about yourself?

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  "More middle grade than YA story"by lpollinger (see profile) 11/17/20

Nettie and her best friend Win, are 16 years old during the summer of 1969. Win’s grandmother is a Monacan Indian with special powers, some are centered around her dream catcher. Nibi, tel... (read more)

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