I’ll Watch the Moon
“I want to tell you the story of my mother and a man named Josef. It’s a love story but it’s not a romance.” So begins this heartwarming story about Nova Tierney and her family. It is 1948, and polio is a constant threat to post-war America. Nova, her mom and brother are living in a boarding house run by her aunt. Nova’s brother is her best friend and mentor. Her mother seems distant and depressed. If only Nova had a father, she feels that everything would be all right. One of Nova’s candidates for father is Josef. He’s a boarder in her aunt’s house, a kind man with an interesting past.
Nova learns through observation about each of the boarders she lives with. Although they lead separate and very different lives, they all help each other through the hard times, and each of them becomes valued by Nova as she gets to know them better.
Nova’s childhood memories are sweet and tender, yet honest and compelling. Ms. Tatlock has woven a rich tapestry of subtly drawn images that entice the reader into this story of love, sacrifice and redemption. The whole is a well-crafted story by a gifted author.