Set in a Georgia summer with carnival life as a backdrop, Flower Moon is a poignant and beautifully written novel of love, self-discovery, and self-sacrifice. With mirror image twins, Tally Jo and Tempest, on the cusp of teenagerhood, one would expect things for them to be changing, but for twins with such a bond this change is on an even greater scale. They share a bond that goes beyond being able to finish each other’s sentences to something almost magnetic that at first pulls them together but eventually starts to push them apart. This magnetic pull seems almost magical and supernatural, yet there seems to be some science behind the pull as well, which creates an underlying tension between the two sisters. The question is will they be pushed so far apart as to not being able to be in the same space as the other twin like their mother and her twin? Bound and determined to not let that happen, Tally Ja and Tempest each try to solve the problem their own way.
As they each go about finding a solution, they discover talents that they each had but never realized, learn how deep love really runs, and how sometimes two halves really do make a stronger whole. In Flower Moon, with its beautifully written descriptions of life in the South and summer carnival life, the reader is drawn to the twins and their connection to each other. Even if one isn’t a twin and has never shared such a bond with someone, Flower Moon has lessons of the importance of communication, love of family, and finding our own paths/talents.
Profanity/Language: 7 religious exclamations.
Violence/Gore: Character is pushed to the ground by the class bully; character remembers kicking her mother as a small child out of anger; character remembers seeing someone get their arm crushed, without any details given except injuries are described as looking like raw hamburger; frightening scene where 2 characters are swept out to sea by a big wave and one character ends up hitting her head on a rock drawing blood; story told how someone was burned, hair and side of face mentioned, by an upsurge in flames of an open fire
Sex/Nudity: Boy and girl hold hands; boy and girl hug (2 times).
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Alcohol / Drug Use:
Man smokes a pipe.