Hang the Moon - Jeannette Walls

Hang the Moon

By Jeannette Walls

  • Release Date: 2023-03-28
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 690 Ratings


“A rollicking tale.” —The Washington Post *“Propulsive.” —Associated Press * “Wild, smart, energetic.” —Los Angeles Times * “Brilliant and effervescent.” —NPR

From the #1 bestselling author of The Glass Castle, the instant New York Times bestseller a “rip-roaring, action-packed” (The New York Times) novel about an indomitable young woman in prohibition-era Virginia.

Sallie Kincaid is the daughter of the biggest man in a small town, the charismatic Duke Kincaid. Born at the turn of the 20th century into a life of comfort and privilege, Sallie remembers little about her mother who died in a violent argument with the Duke. By the time she is just eight years old, the Duke has remarried and had a son, Eddie. While Sallie is her father’s daughter, sharp-witted and resourceful, Eddie is his mother’s son, timid and cerebral. When Sallie tries to teach young Eddie to be more like their father, her daredevil coaching leads to an accident, and Sallie is cast out.

Nine years later, she returns, determined to reclaim her place in the family. That’s a lot more complicated than Sallie expected, and she enters a world of conflict and lawlessness. Sallie confronts the secrets and scandals that hide in the shadows of the Big House, navigates the factions in the family and town, and finally comes into her own as a bold, sometimes reckless bootlegger.

“You’ll fall in love with Sallie on the very first page and keep rooting for her all the way through to the last” (Good Housekeeping) in this thrilling read that “goes down easy…like the forbidden whisky that defines the life of Sallie Kincaid” (Associated Press).


  • Meanders on and on and on

    By LP2007
    Interesting at times but just winds on and on with no real conclusion or great story line
  • Disappointing

    By Crosby113
    Glass Castles was my favorite book so I couldn’t wait to read Hang the Moon. Found it very dull and confusing. Stopped reading halfway through.
  • 140 pages of tedium, then I gave up

    By AGReko
    I couldn’t go any further, though I tried. A waste of time and money, trudging through words that amounted to nothing happening. Hopeless
  • Another awesome read

    By sockmonkey18
    Love all her books & this one was a great read
  • Great story

    By momseverywhere
    Great read about an era and location I was not familiar with. Hope to read more.
  • Best book I have read in years!

    By molrud
    What a fabulous story written beautifully! Incredible characters, high drama, and love weaves into every page. Truly a treasure that’s did not want to end.
  • Buy the book with a box of tissues!

    By Lauren B in WV
    Bring the tissues for this one. In true Jeannette Walls fashion, you’ll be crying your eyes out in no time with “Hang the Moon.” Set in the hills of Appalachia, Walls transports us to the early 1900s when women have few rights, men hold the power & Prohibition is at its peak. From crime & lawlessness to birth & death, this novel of historical fiction will leave you reeling with a myriad of emotions. My heart broke in so many places reading about the trials & tribulations of the cursed Kincaid family. Each time I thought that a light at the end of the tunnel was coming, another disaster struck. Much like it remains today in rural parts of Appalachia. While my West Virginia roots may have held a little bias in how much I enjoyed this book & connected to its characters, I believe anyone who reads this will feel the same. Congratulations to author Jeannette Walls on once again bringing to life another important piece of history.