Search Results: "Alice Hoffman"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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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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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 >

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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 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 >

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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 >

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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 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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >