Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon (Paperback)

By Debbie Fuller Thomas

Moody Publishers, 9780802487339, 366pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2008

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Description

When Marty Winslow's daughter dies of a devastating genetic disease, she discovers the truth--her child had been switched at birth. Her actual biological daughter was recently orphaned and is being raised by grandparents in a retirement community. Marty is awarded custody, but Andie refuses to fit into the family, adding one more challenge for this grieving single mom that pushes her toward the edge, and into the arms of a loving God.

For Andie, being forced to live with strangers is just one more reason not to trust God. Her soul is as tattered as the rundown Blue Moon movie drive-in the family owns. But Tuesday night is Family Night at the Blue Moon, and as her hopes grow dim, healing comes from an unexpected source--the hurting family and nurturing birth mom she fights so hard to resist.


About the Author

DEBBIE FULLER THOMAS is a freelance author and publisher, a former pastors wife, and a survivor of breast cancer. She has been involved in childrens and worship ministries at churches around California for 30 years. She currently manages youth programs for her local parks and recreation district. Debbie is the author of Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon and published Lord, I Was Happy Shallow, Coping with Cancer, Sacramento Sierra Parent, and Chicken Soup for the Brides Soul. She and her husband, Don, have two grown sons and enjoy their empty nest in a historic gold rush town in northern California.


Praise For Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon

An unusual plotline and top-notch prose mark this talented novelist’s debut. When divorcée Marty Winslow’s adolescent daughter Ginger dies from Niemann-Pick, a debilitating hereditary disease, Marty discovers Ginger was not her biological daughter, but was switched at birth. Orphan Andie Lockhart is living with her beloved but ailing grandparents when the court gives temporary custody to Marty, her birth mother. Andie finds herself in a chaotic, financially strapped family that runs the Blue Moon drive-in movie theater. Thomas competently displays the heterogeneities of grief, from older sister Deja’s teen Goth rebellion to Marty’s endless baking, and the difficulty of revising what one has always assumed to be true. The mistake’s tragic cost to both families is shown throughout, but Thomas proffers redemption, albeit in tough, realistic doses. After some soul searching, Marty and Andie eventually find strength in their Christian faith. Point of view shifts sometimes encumber the story, and Thomas succumbs to drawing a conclusion for the reader toward the end. But competent dialogue, touches of humor, and sparkling character dynamics make this a welcome addition to the faith fiction fold. --Publisher's Weekly



Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

  1. How does Andie's physical description of the Blue Moon Drive-in reflect the spiritual lives of Marty and Andie as the story begins
  2. Marty says the drive-in is 'family friendly'? Do you find this ironic, and why or why not? What are the comparisons between the future of drive-in theaters and the traditional family unit?
  3. Marty seems eager to 'replace' Ginger but Andie isn't eager to 'replace' her parents with Marty. What is the difference? In what ways does Marty make Andie feel that she wants her to replace Ginger?
  4. Why was it so important to Marty to open a bakery? What does it represent to her, and how does it compare to her father's desire to be an artist? What do Coconut Dandies represent to Winnie, and how does Marty's baking contribute to her need for constant grazing?
  5. How would you rate Marty's parenting skills with respect to Deja? Compare it to the relationship between her father and her brother. How do you think Deja will ultimately turn out, and what will she be doing after high school (assuming she graduates)?
  6. Marty has a mini-breakdown and ends up many miles from home. Contrast the reasons she left with the reasons she went back. What was the outcome? Did anything change for Marty?
  7. At one point, Andie says her 'heart-shape is plugged.' What specific instances help to loosen the debris inside of Andie in regard to both the family and to God? In what ways is Marty's heart-shape plugged?
  8. After several years, Marty is still mourning her broken marriage. At what point does she begin to feel the need for closure?
  9. When Marty 'dropped' the cake at Julian's feet at the farmer's market, would you say it was more accident or more subconsciously intentional? Who or what did he represent to her at that moment?
  10. In what ways does Andie gradually accept that she is really part of the family? On what points does she feel a kinship with Ginger?
  11. When Marty finds Ginger's hospital bracelet, she reflects that we are all switched at birth and that God wants to reclaim us. What do you think she means? What would have eventually happened to Andie if Marty hadn't 'claimed' her?
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