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The Story Sisters: A Novel Paperback – June 1, 2010
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Ever since their parents' divorce, the three Story sisters -- Elv, Meg and Claire -- have been wrapped up in a fairy-tale world of fairies, roses and otherworldly queens.
And the girls are inseparable, speaking their Arnish language and listening to Elv's magical stories. But when Elv spends time in Paris, she comes back a changed girl -- she is increasingly drawn into a world of teenage rebellion, sex and drugs, even as she still tries to break free of the mortal world. And her increasingly ugly behavior fractures her relationship with her sisters -- even a trip to a rehab/high-school doesn't help.
Then Elv's wild ways result in a devastating tragedy that tears her family apart, and drives her into the arms of a loving, charming conman. In the years that follow, the girls' mother Annie is confronted by both love and illness, and a devastated Claire immerses herself in a jewelry store in Paris, living with her grandmother. Elv's life continues on a downward spiral, until a new development brings the broken family back together.
Leaves and roses, ice and water, black tattoos and blood, tomatoes and jewels, and three black-haired daughters who gradually learn that life is only a fairy tale if you keep it that way, and that imagination alone cannot make a life beautiful.Read more ›
I could not have been more wrong....
The book started out great with the three sisters each distinctive and fascinating in their own right. After the accident (one of many as it turns out), it all went down hill. The story featured one tragedy after another. Horse/car accidents, drug addiction, divorce, overdoses, cancer, sexual molestation. I found myself exclaiming "Come on!!" on more than one occasion. Then just to pick your spirits up once in a while, the author would talk about tomatoes. Towards the end of the book when the ancient wise ones in Paris started catching "demon" moths, I knew I'd found the kindling for my next fire.
The story didn't know which direction it wanted to go in...a mystery, tragedy, fantasy. It was all over the place. I think Hoffman had successfully confused herself by the end. There's even an example on one page where she says a character (Phillip, I think) is a deep sleeper and then says he's a restless sleeper. That's talent. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone usless they needed a serious downer. I don't think I'll be reading any more Hoffman.
In "The Story Sister"s, the author is back to her old form: less strangeness and more storytelling, similar to the stories and their complex characters that she presented in "Turtle Moon" and "Seventh Heaven". The writing is so beautiful, lush, and magical, with such powerful imagery. It took me about 40 pages to just give myself over to the story and not try to figure out the fantasy life (Arnelle) that the three sisters wove. After that, I was totally captivated and could not put the book down. This story of the redemptive power of love and family bonds was just wonderful.
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A deep and insightful look at the effects of childhood trauma on the traumatized, the family, the community and how individuals dealt with it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amanda McNeill
The story's beginning leads you to believe this is a close knit happy family of sisters. As the story unfolds you learn that each of the sisters has some underlying demons and that... Read morePublished 28 days ago by gracietressie
This was a wonderfully sad, disturbing book. You get insight into what can turn an ordinary family into a highly disfunctional one ; how one event can spiral into one's lives and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Country Junction Mercantile
This is a well written tale of three sisters with a unique connection. It is kissed with a bit of life's magic. Each sister has things happen and there are consequences. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donna Z1
Intimate, intriguing, and satisfying, This is Alice Hoffman at her best. Like dancing with a shadow. I loved this novel.Published 1 month ago by L. Elstrom
Loved it....perhaps enchanted by the three sisters, but also by all the fascinating women in the books and all the stories embedded within the larger narrative. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yoon Jung Park