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        Eclipse of the Moon and Sun


        setting

        Mysterious Country Estate in Connecticut

        time

        1890s, 1920s, 1960s, 2000s

        language

        English

        region

        North America

        year published

        2017

        page count

        425

        difficulty

        Advanced

        main characters

        James, Sharon, Worthy, Eugene

        Rip's impressions

        Eclipse of the Sun and Moon is an epic tale about three Americans whose lives span the entire twentieth century, drawn together by the devil to a mysterious abandoned country estate where time stands still and it's always the Fourth of July. Before they can leave each must come to terms with who they are and what is most important to them in life. Meet Worthy(the villain), a playboy from the 1920s Jazz Age who seduces women for the devil; Sharon Peters (Damsel-in-Distress), a 1960s suburban housewife, who just when her life is falling apart is given the chance to remain young and beautiful forever; and finally the protagonist (and Hero) James Harris, a San Francisco entrepreneur in the year 2000 who is promised $125 million from a mysterious investor just to do one small favor -- visit the site of a burned down estate and retrieve something of great value hidden inside.

        first line

        She leaned above him his nurse nightingale, brushed the fallen hair from his forehead. Finding himself in bed with pain, he looked up at her and asked what happened.
        “You've had an accident,” she said, “hit by a car––”
        “That’s enough,” The voice of a man said. “He’s better off dear without you hanging all over him.” The man took center stage. “A few minor scratches and bruises really, by the morning you’ll be just as new as when you arrived, I promise.”

        last lines

        (spoiler alert)