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When March Murray travels East with her teenage daughter to attend the funeral of the beloved housekeeper who looked after her when she was growing up, March's past comes rushing up to meet her. The present is quickly dominated by the lurking presence of her former lover, Hollis, who has patiently awaited her long overdue return. The tale is populated by those for whom love brings more sorrow than happiness: a woman afraid to commit to a relationship, a husband in love with someone other than his wife, two young people who fall for each other only to find they are close relatives, and the self-destructing love of Hollis and March. While love has the power to transform those who fall under its spell--devotion to an old racehorse turns March's daughter, a sullen teenager, into a strong young woman--the love March herself suffers robs her of nearly all sense and goodness. Hoffman deftly weaves her characters' stories against a vivid New England landscape where the past always has a grip on the present. And the listener is left at the end both satisfied and longing to hear more. --Anne Depue --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Never did finish this. Possibly because I kept getting lost in the time warp of her verbs. What an absurd approach to tense. And then there was the plot.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Betty Barstow
Memo to Self: Read reviews before investing time reading book by author new to me.
What a toxic dump this book is.
Lies, abuse, incest. Read more
"Here on Earth" by Alice Hoffman was good enough to keep me turning the pages, but it fell short in some respects for me because of what I perceived as flatness in the characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Warfield
I'll start by saying that it was written well enough that I did complete it. Usually a book like this isn't something I can get past the first couple chapters without putting it... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Halo
This book is an ominous and truthful-feeling exploration of an abusive relationship, for all those who ever said, "Why does she stay?" That doesn't make it pleasant to read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by DH
An extremely mediocre book. Little to no character development, many loose ends, dim drudgery the whole way through. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pamela
Alice Hoffman is amazing but this book was not one of my favorites. Very fast easy reading, not nearly as deep or magical as her other work. Read morePublished 9 months ago by tashamarie
"Here on Earth" was the first Alice Hoffman book I had ever read, and after reading "Practical Magic", it will probably be the only one. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Laura L. Mckenney
I have to state up front, that I did not finish this book and any book that is so bad that I don't finish it rates only 1 star! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kat A.