Book: Moon In Bastet
Author: E.S. Danon
Genre: Magical-Realism, Jewish-Literature, Fictional-Memoir, Young Adult
Publisher: Hurn Pubications
Publish Date: September 29th, 2020
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Book Overview

A memoir turned into thrilling fiction; Moon in Bastet is based on the life of author E. S. Danon. The story follows a fourteen-year-old girl named Eva, an orphan living in the Negev desert of Israel who is working as a custodian of Cirque Du Christianisme. Her life is controlled by a volatile drunk named Bella who favors a group of equally volatile teenage bullies over her and her own safety or sanity. 

Bullied, neglected, and alone – Eva’s only friends are an odd, thirteen–year–old Sephardic boy named Jack and a small cohort of Bedouin sister-wives. On the brink of giving up on life, Eva stumbles upon a mysterious cat in the middle of the desert. Or really, did the cat stumble upon her?

Together they must fight to stay alive, win the battles thrown at them, and Eva must learn to not only lean on others but to trust in herself.

Filled with mystery, magic, and symbolism – Moon in Bastet is a story of resilience, survivorship, forgiveness, and women empowerment. This is a work filled with Jewish mysticism that can be enjoyed by people of all races, ages, and religions everywhere.

IN THE REVIEWS…

“You will find all of the answers you need in the darkest night of your soul. Change is inevitable; everything that happens – happens for a reason. Don’t be afraid of anything, not even death. For death is only the start of another life.”

E.S. Danon has taken her the story of her life and weaved it into an incredible tale of magic and mysticism. The author has created a work of fiction that explores many real world issues; the oppression of women, the complicated nature of friendships, child neglect and abuse, and religious oppression. I could not put this book down and read it in just two sittings. My heart broke for Eva and the injustices she had to endure at the hands of her guardian Bella. I enjoyed watching the evolution of her relationship with her only friend Jack, as she learned what it is to love someone unconditionally regardless of their flaws.

Through her mystical journey, she begins trust herself and find self love. It was an inspiring story that reminds us that no matter the obstacles that are placed on our path, we all have the power of greatness within us. I’m already looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

-Tara Torres, Goodreads Reviewer

10/10! What an amazing book to read! Once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down. While the book is fictitious, the connections to religious discrimination, sexism and the author’s life was eye opening. The character development of Eva is inspiring as she fights societal demands to find her true identity.

I cannot wait to read the second book, Sun in Anubis, and read how Eva and Jack’s brother-sister relationship blossoms as Eva continues to find herself. I recommend everyone to read this book as we embark on our own journey through life! 

-Elizabeth Dudley, Goodreads Reviewer

I had a very unique experience reading this book. This author deserves many praises for writing a story about inequalities of the Sexes regarding chores, Religion, and freedom too be yourself. Eva cleaned up the circus area while the men were so awful to her and bullied her throughout her daily routine. This within itself is reason enough to read this book.

Eva is only 13 years old, but she managed to always hold on to her religious beliefs. Eva prayed on a continuous basis at some points in the book, it appeared that she and G-d had a love hate relationship. I realized that this story is truly about the strength of finding one’s best self in any situation.

This book is a worthwhile investment in yourself. I definitely did so soul-searching while reading this story.

Amirah, Goodreads Reviewer

Love this story! The attention to detail was amazing! It was also very educational and magical at the same time. I am on the edge of my seat for the next book! I look forward to reading it! Highly recommend!

Alicia Fadgen, Children’s and YA Author

A very interesting book, I love learning little things that are scattered throughout a book so this was a treat for me. Moon In Bastet is an allegorical memoir. It raises themes of sexism, abuse, social tensions, disability, family, mysticism, and identity. The book is detailed in it’s descriptions. The setting was interesting, I think the book did well in creating it’s intended atmosphere.

The struggle of Jack and Eva’s relationship felt complex and real. For teenagers it can be especially hard as they have their own struggles, so even though it frustrated me, it was just a reminder that human beings are very complex and we all need compassion and wish to be understood.

Also can we just appreciate for a moment how pretty the cover is: The merch for this is going to be so pretty.

On to the characters, they felt raw to me. As a personal preference I like books where the emotions are dissented over a long period of time, and since I’m more of a stoic so for me the emotions were a lot to handle (I’ve read some pretty intense classics and I’ve noticed that it’s just a bit too much for me to read about). But that’s just a bit of a personal preference of mine.

The book gave me a different perspective on some things. The book was not what I expected, after a certain point it felt a bit like Alice-in-Wonderland but with addition of mysticism and religion. I was expecting mythology, I think this book goes under mysticism so this book added some variety to my bookshelf that I needed.

I also love that the book has a glossary of words in case the readers may not know a certain word or custom. I find that books feel more authentic when I just plunge into a book without the author explaining every little thing when it’s in the glossary or can be inferred. It helps keep the atmosphere and maintain the narrative flow of the book.

I would think this is for those that love allegorical memoirs, or religion, or mythology, or mysticism. It would be interesting to see how the worldbuilding in the book is developed in the next book. Even though it is very much mysticism, it also had a sci-fi feel to it (I love those kinds of myth/sci-fi books). Overall a good book with something for everyone to learn and think about.

-Bohdana, Goodreads Reviewer


Book Excerpt


Book Release Party Invitation

The day has FINALLY come, MOON IN BASTET by E.S. Danon is live and released into the world!! You still have time to order your copy and qualify for the giveaways we’re hosting tonight for the Book Release Party! Can be anything from the paperback version to the eBook version, all you need is proof of purchase!

E.S. Danon will be hosting an online book release event on Instagram and Facebook so make sure you’re following her! We have 5 gifts for anyone who preordered (or orders today) a copy of Moon In Bastet through ANY retailer! E.S. Danon will be raffling these off prizes during the online book release party so make sure you’re present, you have your receipt and you’re ready to have an awesome time!

You’ll also get to enjoy a reading from Moon In Bastet, just like we would if we were hosting this event at a local bookstore. So, schedule us in for September 29th, 2020 at 7pm EST (East Coast Time). Grab your mug of tea, ask however many questions you’d like and see if you win one of the many prizes we’re giving away!⠀

About the Author

Elizabeth Danon received her B.S. in Marine Science from Stony Brook University before working as a Marine Biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service. She traveled the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and Gulf of Mexico: collecting data aboard commercial fishing vessels and dredges. 

When that didn’t pan out to be the glorified job that she expected, finding herself covered in shark snot and fish scales daily, Elizabeth became a technical writer. In her spare time, she began doing standup comedy after taking comedy bootcamp with the Armed Services Arts Partnership. At this time, she married the most wonderful man who also provides most of her joke writing material. Unfortunately, because he’s Indian he has also enabled her Maggi addiction… Like she needed that on top of her already long-standing iced coffee issues. 

Her favorite show is Schitt’s Creek, as she feels a special bond to her fellow comedians – and Sephardic brethren. Growing up half-Jewish herself, Elizabeth eventually converted to being full-Jewish with Temple Israel as a student of Rabbi Panitz. 

Her enriched, but complicated, heritage has been an inspiration for most of her creative writing. Being an Aries, she has always felt like a leader and has therefore integrated her feminist beliefs into her work, albeit dropping every women’s studies course that she ever elected in college. Additionally, her writing has an unmistakable international presence. Elizabeth wanted to discover as much as she could about her Sephardic Heritage and went on Birthright, followed by her independent travels to over ten other countries… carrying nothing but a red bookbag. 

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