The House on Moody Avenue, by Cellestine Hanneman, is the story of both the house and those who lived in it. The New York house was built in the 1800’s by Ray, a businessman, as a wedding gift to Lisette, his bride. It was to be a home to the couple where they would raise a family and grow old together. While on their honeymoon, tragedy strikes and the house becomes a home to relatives for a time. Eventually Lisette moves in, but does not take the roll her husband had intended for her. While living in the house Lisette comes into her own, so to speak, and this helps to shape her future. The story then jumps to the 1920’s. An enterprising woman buys and restores the house and turns it into a boarding house. Her tenants are a memorable and varied group and the author brings them to life by using smooth prose. From the 1920’s the novel moves to the 1960’s where we learn the final fate of the house that meant so many different things to so many different people.
Even though there are time lapses in the novel, I found it easy follow. This is a multilayered and well written novel.
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