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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Tragedy of the Moth by Suzanne Mondoux is the story of a sleepy Canadian village, where Felicity Moss has retreated from a life once spent in front of the camera; her fall from grace was as wildly spectacular as the act that preceded it was bitterly heartbreaking. Self exile eventually brings love and some semblance of routine as she shares a home with Alfred and teaches filmmaking. The cycle of normalcy is, however, shattered when a series of events begins to shake things up: a seemingly irresistible friend of Alfred's shows up, Felicity is pressured to return to film by her manager, and a film director is convinced his partner is cheating on him.
Tragedy of the Moth is one of those books that you will either love instantly or toss aside in confusion. I was in the former camp, immediately drawn to Suzanne Mondoux's quirky writing style and the fluctuating composition of the book. Her prose is lyrical in the face of the character chaos that they wonderfully surround ("She looks down at the trees protruding as though in suspension, fighting gravity. Could one be in suspension, denying gravity its chance to motion toward the ground, crushing the body?"). My favorite character was Eliot, who feels equally at home communing with the dead as he does filming a scene. The main character is definitely Felicity, but there's no denying that the supporting cast is fantastic. I'd recommend this book to those who love creative fiction that pushes boundaries in a story that runs a reader through the full gamut of emotion.