Search Results: "Alice Hoffman"


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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 >

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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 >

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THE MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Lilting prose, beautifully meted out folklore and historical references, and Hoffman's deep conviction in her characters (especially those 'willing to do anything for love') make reading this 'contes du temps passé' a total pleasure."
A ghost wife, a stolen child, wandering eyes, hidden ledgers—and more—bind the 19th-century Jewish community on a paradisiacal island in the West Indies. Read full book review >

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NIGHTBIRD by Alice Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Enchanting. (Magical realism. 9-12)"
There's a monster in Sidwell, Massachusetts, that can only be seen at night or, as Twig reveals, if passersby are near her house. Read full book review >

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FAITHFUL by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A novel full of people—flawed, scarred, scared—discovering how to punish themselves less and connect with others more."
Hoffman takes a break from writing about distant places and the distant past (Marriage of Opposites, 2015, etc.) to explore the psyche of a young Long Island woman afflicted by survivor guilt. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE RED GARDEN by Alice Hoffman
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 (TheDovekeepers, 2011, etc.) novel. Read full book review >

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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 >