Praise for the Full Moon at Noontide:

“Old age, death, and impermanence—it seems at first glance impossible to make a reader see these timeless and universal experiences with fresh eyes, but Ann Putnam’s luminous prose achieves that miracle and more, transforming pain, suffering, and loss into a literary gift of beauty and redemption.”

—Charles Johnson, winner of the National Book Award for Middle Passage


“Anyone can suffer; only an artist can turn suffering into something beautiful and universal. If there’s a survivor’s guide to easing the transitions necessary with aging parents, this is it.”

—Ladette Randolph, editor of Ploughshares


“This memoir is heart-rending and heart-warming, as Ann Putnam describes the deaths of her beloved father and his identical twin, her much-loved uncle. Putnam translates these losses into an inspiring and poignant family story that is also the tale of every family facing the inevitable.”

—Nina Baym, editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature


“Putnam writes with sensitivity about losing a loved one, an experience that is both personal and common to us all.”

—Katie Schneider, The Oregonian (read the entire review here)