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Hoffman's story advances with a feline economy of language and movement--not a word spared for the color of the sky, unless the color of the sky factors into the narrative. Among the authors who have played with the fairy tale's harsh mercies (e.g. Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter), Hoffman has the closest understanding of the primal fears that drive the genre, and why, perhaps, we never outgrow fairy stories, but only learn to substitute dull, wholesome qualities like personal initiative or good timing for the elements that raise the hairs on our neck and send us scrambling for the light switch. --Regina Marler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I think this was more 4 1/2 stars then 5 but I felt generous. I did enjoy it though. It was told in a kind of poetic way I don't see very often and that made it beautiful. Read morePublished 4 days ago by becky
Normally, I love everything Hoffman writes, but this time, I was a bit disappointed. The plot revolves around the life of a woman after her mother dies. Read morePublished 24 days ago by JS
I want to read all her books. Her characters are memorable.Published 1 month ago by marianne blanchard
This book ripped my heart out then threw it against the wall only to pick it up, stomp and kick at it with steel toed boots. Read morePublished 2 months ago by YodaWay
If you too are slogging through this and think the author may be just a wee bit too enamored with her love for metaphor and symbols, and you think the main character is not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rick R. Reed
After reading some of the reviews I was a little iffy about reading it, but I truly enjoyed it. It's a bit slow in places, but a great story.Published 2 months ago by Miranda Stovall