Books by Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of 17 acclaimed novels, including Practical Magic, Here on Earth, The River King, Blue Diary, Illumination Night, Turtle Moon, Seventh Heaven, and At Risk. She lives outside Boston.


THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Hoffman displays an obvious affection for the city, as well as for those society would deem freaks, but readers looking for an evocative, magical take on the immigrant experience would be better served by Helene Wecker's The Golem and Jinni (2013)."
A young woman grows up in her father's eponymous Coney Island museum at the turn of the 20th century in Hoffman's (The Dovekeepers, 2011, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
SURVIVAL LESSONS by Alice Hoffman
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A lightweight but heartening book."
A how-to guide to facing death and living life by the popular novelist and cancer survivor. Read full book review >
THE DOVEKEEPERS by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"An enthralling tale rendered with consummate literary skill."
Hoffman (The Red Garden, 2011, etc.) births literature from tragedy: the destruction of Jerusalem's Temple, the siege of Masada and the loss of Zion. Read full book review >
THE RED GARDEN by Alice Hoffman
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"Fans of Hoffman's brand of mystical whimsy will find this paean to New England one of her most satisfying."
In 14 freestanding but consecutive stories, Hoffman (The Story Sisters, 2009, etc.) traces the life of the town of Blackwell, Mass., from its founding in 1750 up to the present as the founders' descendents connect to the land and each other. Read full book review >
GREEN WITCH by Alice Hoffman
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2010

"Just the thing for readers eager to be captured by a tale of sundered hearts rendered in lyrical prose. (Fantasy. YA)"
Also trancelike and infused with magical realism, this belated sequel to Green Angel (2003) brings Hoffman's tale of recovery from utter inner and outer devastation to a tidy close. Read full book review >
THE STORY SISTERS by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2009

"A near-miss from this uneven but always compelling writer."
An act of child abuse has lasting consequences in Hoffman's painfully moving novel (The Third Angel, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
THE THIRD ANGEL by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Some moving material about love and loss, swamped by authorial excess."
A ghost in a down-at-the-heels London hotel ties together three tragic romances in Hoffman's latest (Skylight Confessions, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
SKYLIGHT CONFESSIONS by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2007

"Achingly beautiful and filled with heart-wrenchingly real characters: one of Hoffman's best."
A Yale senior loses his way on Long Island, and three generations suffer the consequences in this haunting latest from Hoffman (The Ice Queen, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
INCANTATION by Alice Hoffman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Echoes of the Holocaust reverberate through this 16th-century tale of a young Spanish woman who discovers through love, betrayal and tragedy that her family is secretly Jewish. Read full book review >
THE FORETELLING by Alice Hoffman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Should appeal to teens with their own mythic quests. (Fiction. 12+)"
A young warrior questions her destiny and ultimately changes her future and the future of her tribe in this spare, compelling coming-of-age story. Read full book review >
THE ICE QUEEN by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2005

"Far from perfect, but Hoffman's more adventurous fans will appreciate this interesting effort."
The veteran, bestselling author (Blackbird House, 2004, etc.) takes risks—most of which pay off—in her dark tale of a woman literally struck by lightning. Read full book review >
BLACKBIRD HOUSE by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A quiet but deeply moving achievement of lyric power."
With a dozen stories, some more clearly connected than others but all set in the same farmhouse on Cape Cod from the time of the British blockade to the present, Hoffman (Blue Diary, 2002, etc.) creates a continuous narrative built up through a sense of place. Read full book review >
MOONDOG by Alice Hoffman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"No, it doesn't exactly hang together, but Heo's art—bright colors and broad patterns—reflects the tale's mysterious tone and interspecies closeness—and many young dog owners will recognize a touch of moondog in their own pets. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Two children discover hidden sides to their dog and to a lonely neighbor in this atmospheric tale from an author more known for psychologically charged novels. Read full book review >
THE PROBABLE FUTURE by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2003

"Enough stylish invention here for several novels, but this one's center cannot hold. Maybe next time."
A teenaged girl's prophetic powers constitute the eye of several storms brewed up in the magical-realist's overstuffed, ungainly, improbably absorbing 16th novel. Read full book review >
GREEN ANGEL by Alice Hoffman
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Hoffman's other "crossover" novels have been criticized as heavy-handed; here she shows a more delicate touch. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In oblique response to the events of 9/11, Hoffman (Indigo, 2002, etc.) crafts this otherworldly tale of an orphan giving and receiving help in the wake of a massive disaster. Read full book review >
BLUE DIARY by Alice Hoffman
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A welcome return to top form by a gifted, popular author."
A small-town hero with a criminal past raises unsettling questions about guilt and trust, in this unsparing new novel by Hoffman (The River King, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
AQUAMARINE by Alice Hoffman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"An arch tone and a this-is-good-for-you air might irritate an alert reader, but others might just take the fantasy for what it's worth and enjoy. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A gossamer fable written by an adult author who illustrates some of the pitfalls awaiting those unused to writing for young people. Read full book review >
HORSEFLY by Alice Hoffman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Bug can fly, well, can't a pony be a baby horse? (Picture book. 5-9)"
In Hoffman's adult work, the intersection of fantasy and realism is sustained and the suspension of disbelief can be close to absolute (The River King, p. 585, etc.). Read full book review >
THE RIVER KING by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2000

" A host of complex, well-drawn characters and a strong story make up for a slight tendency to overdo the magic realism in a novel sure to please Hoffman's many fans. "
Hoffman, a gifted writer who's been treading water lately (Local Girls, 1997, etc.), is in much better form with this compelling portrait of class tensions and personal longings in the small-town Massachusetts. Read full book review >
LOCAL GIRLS by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 1999

"Hoffman remains a major talent, but she's marking time here."
Ten disastrous years in the life of a family on Long Island, only partly redeemed by the shimmering prose we—ve come to expect from Hoffman (Here on Earth 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
FIREFLIES by Alice Hoffman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The message isn't very subtle, the telling is long and windy, but there are those who will find comfort in these pages. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 As in Hoffman's novels for adults (Here on Earth, p. 824, etc.), this picture book takes place where the ordinary and the extraordinary intersect—a pseudo-fairytale in which the town bumpkin makes good. Read full book review >
HERE ON EARTH by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 1997

"Hard to see what readers will find to like in such a tale. (First printing of 100,000; Literary Guild featured alternate selection; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
 From the author of Practical Magic (1995), among others, a kind of inside-out Bridges of Madison County in which the middle- aged mother of a teenager falls in love with a bad man, leaves her husband for him, and winds up abused and isolated. Read full book review >
SCRIBNER'S BEST OF THE FICTION WORKSHOPS 1997 by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"If really a foretaste of literary trends, to be read while weeping."
 A rather depressing glimpse of things to come, culled from the rising talents of some 20 writing programs nationwide by Hoffman (Practical Magic, 1995, etc.), who blithely and somewhat terrifyingly informs us that ``what's in these pages is only the start.'' All the standard criticisms of writing-program prose—its flatness, dullness, lack of depth—are well-illustrated by the selections found here. Read full book review >
PRACTICAL MAGIC by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 1995

"Too much hocus-pocus, not enough focus. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
 Part of Hoffman's great talent is her wonderful ability to sift some magic into unlikely places, such as a latter-day Levittown (Seventh Heaven, 1990) or a community of divorcÇes in Florida (Turtle Moon, 1992). Read full book review >
SECOND NATURE by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Once again, Hoffman (Turtle Moon, 1992, etc.) stirs up the unlikely with the ordinary and seasons it, expertly, deliciously, with our darkest desires—her fans should wolf it down. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for May)"
 There's always been a kind of primal undercurrent in Hoffman's love stories—a pulse of feeling as mysterious and inevitable as the moon-besotted turtles who clamber out of the sea to lay their eggs once a year. Read full book review >
TURTLE MOON by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Pure Hoffman: her take on the tropics is haunting, hypnotic, and hot as a fever dream. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for June)"
 A mix of murder and magic in the Florida sunshine as only Hoffman (Seventh Heaven, 1990, etc.) could conjure it. Read full book review >