If you’ve longed for a book about menopausal, lesbian werewolves, then "Silver Moon" by Catherine Lundoff is the book for you. Literally. As far as premises go it’s probably one of a kind. Unfortunately, the unusual premise is "Silver Moon"’s best selling point.
The book tells the story of Becca Thornton, a divorced, middle-aged woman who one day discovers that the town she lives in is magical and filled with menopausal werewolves. Not only that, but also she soon becomes one herself!
The first few chapters of "Silver Moon" are actually pretty hilarious. Before she finds out about the werewolves the narrative keeps saying things like "Becca looked up at the moon and felt the urge to howl and go running through the woods after some prey. She shook herself and wondered where that feeling had come from." One is left with the impression that Becca could wake up covered in fur and Post-Its that say "You’re a werewolf, dummy!" and she still wouldn’t get it.
The focus on Becca’s transition to a supernatural life also takes away from the rest of the story. There are evil people that want to ’cure’ the werewolves, but we never get to learn the full story behind their motivations. The evil leader in particular seems to have a complicated back-story, but the details are never dealt with.
Likewise, "Silver Moon" seems to be trying to tell a story with multiple threads. It’s also meant to be the story of a woman going through the normal trials of menopause while also realizing that she has feelings for another woman. Both of these elements fall completely flat. Becca barely has to deal with the physical effects of aging once her werewolf magic kicks in, and the most we get in the way of a lesbian storyline is a random kiss that no one talks about again.
In the end, "Silver Moon" had the potential to be an intriguing book, weaving together many interesting threads, but winds up being simply dull. You might laugh in the first few chapters at the hopelessly dense protagonist, but that’s certainly not worth the disappointment you’ll feel once the book’s done. Give "Silver Moon" a pass and look for a book that puts more effort into resolving its plot threads.
by Catherine Lundoff