Praise for So Far Away
So Far Away was named one of the Top Ten Women's Fiction Books of 2013 by Booklist.
“Moore wields a powerfully emotive style, not unlike Francine Prose, in which she displays both deep compassion and winning humor…a beautifully told story of human fallibility and connection."
- Booklist (starred review)
“This sweet and thoughtful novel is both tense and elegiac, exploring the damage we inflict on ourselves and each other, and the strength it takes to heal."
“Moore is equally skillful in capturing the class tensions of the early 20th century and the scary cruelty of teenage girls amplified by 21st century technology."
“This engaging book is filled with parallels of loss and salvation, cruelty and kindness, and intergenerational rapport soothing the bullied heart."
- The Improper Bostonian
“Deftly interweaving vivid themes of parents and children, despair and hope, and the transforming power of second chances, “So Far Away” is an absorbing drama about both the things that change and the things that never do."
“Meg Mitchell Moore effortlessly moves between a teenage cyber-bullying victim, a mother who longs for her lost daughter, and a 1920s Irish domestic with a shocking secret…a powerful page-turner about love, loss, motherhood, and friendship."
“Meg Mitchell Moore has taken the hot button topic of cyber bullying and crafted a story so compellingly real you will never forget her thirteen-year-old heroine. Moore's pitch-perfect rendering of this girl's voice is nothing short of stunning."
Praise for The Arrivals
“The novel is told from multiple points of view, always a tricky maneuver. But Moore handles the shifts in perspective with ease, nimbly evoking the reader's sympathy for each family member."
"In her uplifting debut novel, "The Arrivals," Meg Mitchell Moore charmingly examines what happens when adult children return to the familiar fold of the family home in search of solid footing when their own lives begin to falter."
"It's not the large problems that drive The Arrivals but the small ones -- Mitchell's meticulous attention to detail and the vibrancy with which she portrays the complex emotions of family life."
"Meg Mitchell Moore's perceptive first novel becomes a moving story about conflicted adult children who are still learning how to be grown-ups."
“Moore finds a crisp narrative in the morass of an overpacked household, and she keeps the proceedings moving with an assurance and outlook reminiscent of Laurie Colwin, evoking emotional universals with the simplest of observations, as in 'the peace you feel when you are awake in a house where children are sleeping.'”
“Featuring sharp dialogue and witty, easily recognizable characters, Moore's debut takes an engaging, often humorous look at a family's struggle to cope with the passage of time and shifting family dynamics. It is a clear reminder of the changing yet changeless nature of families and the individuals who inhabit them.”
“Meg Mitchell Moore's charming debut is a loving and honest look at the ties that bind.”
“What an intoxicating read! Meg Mitchell Moore takes on the age-old topic of parents and children and their children with a fresh perspective, a canny understanding of human emotion, and the absolute best dialogue I have ever read. Both charming and deeply meaningful, this is one book you must not miss.”
- New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand
"Meg Mitchell Moore’s debut novel, THE ARRIVALS, reads like the finest of guidebooks, pointing out the beauty and excitement of an untraveled place, yet simultaneously offering readers a map of their own families, with the intricacies, misunderstandings, heartbreak, and forgiveness found there. Under Moore’s deft and gloriously talented hand, the best kind of storytelling is woven with epiphany, and readers will emerge knowing a place so close to home in an entirely new way."
-Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone
"With crisp, insightful prose, Meg Mitchell Moore examines the anxieties, intimacies, wounds, misunderstandings, and joys that bind the Owen family as they face one long summer together. This lovely, satisfying story is an absolute pleasure to read."
-Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
“A tender portrait of a tangled, complicated, all-too real family, The Arrivals left me teary and fulfilled. A sparkling, page-turning debut.”
-New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch