By Lisette Brodey

Crooked Moon, first and foremost, is a human drama, an emotional journey into the lives of two women and those closest to them.
As children, Frankie Cavalese and Callie Mason were the very best of friends, growing up together behind opposite walls of a row home in a blue-collar neighborhood of Philadelphia called Rainytown. The friendship they shared was special - the kind that storybook heroines had - and neither ever considered the possibility of it not lasting forever. But after high school, life interfered and circumstances separated them as they each went on to live in drastically different worlds.

Twenty-three years later, one hot unsettled summer, their lives come crashing back together when Callie, who has led a life of privilege, returns to Rainytown and finds her old friend still living in her childhood home, unmarried, and caring for her angry dying mother, Ruby. Frankie is faded. Her signature tenacity is threadbare as she routinely implores her playboy brother, Paulie, to help ease the burden of being their mother’s sole caregiver.
As the two women reconnect, Frankie tries to forgive Callie for abandoning the friendship, while Callie wrestles with the guilt of having disappeared.
To complicate the fragile reunion, Callie's marriage to her husband, Jackson, is suddenly at risk, further muddled by the affections of (and attraction to) Paulie. Tensions and passions explode in the sweltering heat, and amid pain and tragedy, each woman not only ends up with a life-altering secret regarding the other, but the burning question of what to do with it.


Lisette Brodey, in her debut novel, Crooked Moon, has given us a delightful, quirky story of family and friendship, of betrayal and forgiveness.

Brodey employs a wonderful use of language - combined with the occasional, hugely entertaining, and purposeful misuse of same - in leading the reader through the twists and turns in the lives of Callie Mason and Mary Frances “Frankie” Cavalese.

It’s the vagaries of life that separated the two best friends after high school, and it’s death that brings them back together. The emotionally charged reunion sizzles with the fears and insecurities that have festered through their 23-year separation.

Wright Gres, Author, Macedonia Passage: Dangerous Cargo

Lisette Brodey is an amazingly empathetic writer. In her book, Crooked Moon, I was taken on an emotional journey and reminded that we all have our inner demons to wrestle with and, even though there may be things in our lives that we have no control over, we can triumphantly overcome them. This was a real page-turner and, by the end of the book, I found myself rejoicing as the “crooked moon” blossomed into a beautiful full moon. I was also sorry that the book came to an end, because I’d become so connected with the characters that they took on a life of their own. I found myself imagining their lives well beyond the last page. I can’t wait to read everything this writer puts out, as I’m sure each journey will be even more rewarding than the one before it!”

Setra Sundahta, Singer / Songwriter / Producer

Can you go home again? Do you want to go home again? What about the people who never left home? How can they return to what once was, when their lost loved ones come home? These are some of the issues that Lisette Brodey raises in her wonderful and moving book, Crooked Moon. The fingers of her story reach into your chest starting with the first chapter and begin to squeeze ever more so, chapter by chapter, until your empathy for Callie and Frankie gushes right out of your heart. I am so happy that I purchased this book and discovered a fabulous author in the process. I am giving this book to friends as gifts. I can’t wait to read Squalor, New Mexico. Don’t stop doing what you were born to do, Lisette.

Henry A. Leighton Jr., Tuscon, AZ

Crooked Moon in an all-night page turning read. Each character is intense with his/her own hidden secrets. With each page, the suspense builds to such a point you cannot put it down. Anyone who loves a tale of friendship, heartache, and secrets will not be disappointed in Crooked Moon.

Lisette Brodey delves into each character, bringing them to life in your mind. A must read! I eagerly anticipate more from Ms. Brodey!

Sheri A. Wilkinson, Princeton, IL

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