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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.
And the author tells you in intimate detail. Some of it seems overwhelming and unlikely in the beginning. A sad story perhaps taken too far. But stick with her! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Robo-reader
Here you learn the effects of being struck by lightning. However, that
is intensified when you have a troubled childhood. Enlightening.
I really enjoyed this book and it is my first Alice Hoffman read. The plot was quiet but heartfelt and there was enough going on to pique my interest and it was hard to put down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elise
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 5 months 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 5 months ago by JS
I want to read all her books. Her characters are memorable.Published 6 months 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 7 months ago by YodaMom