When eddie photographs the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman’s disappearance. One night coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River. An exceptional swimmer, coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum, ” alongside performers like the Wolfman and the Butterfly Girl.
And he ignites the heart of Coralie. The “spellbinding” people, 4 stars, new york times bestseller from the author of The Dovekeepers: an extraordinary novel about an electric and impassioned love affair—“an enchanting love story rich with history and a sense of place” USA TODAY. Coralie sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island freak show that thrills the masses.
Alice hoffman weaves her trademark magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a tender and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The museum of extraordinary things is, “a lavish tale about strange yet sympathetic people” The New York Times Book Review. The dashing photographer is eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his community and his job as a tailor’s apprentice.
The Dovekeepers: A Novel
The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, who fathered them, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, and whom they love. An ambitious and mesmerizing novel from the bestselling author of Rules of Magic.
Yael’s mother died in childbirth, an expert assassin, and her father, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier.
The dovekeepers is “striking…. Hoffman grounds her expansive, and deepest new novel in biblical history, intricately woven, with a devotion and seriousness of purpose” Entertainment Weekly. Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert.
Based on this tragic and iconic event, and sensuous women, resourceful, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Shirah, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, born in Alexandria, a woman with uncanny insight and power.
According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived.
The Marriage of Opposites
A luminous, marquez-esque tale” o, the oprah magazine from the new york Times bestselling author of The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on a tropical island about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism. Growing up on idyllic St.
But rachel’s life is not her own. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. A work of art” dallas morning news, The Marriage of Opposites showcases the beloved, bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers.
Once forgotten to history, the marriage of rachel and Frédérick “will only renew your commitment to Hoffman’s astonishing storytelling” USA TODAY. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business.
Her lush, seductive prose, and heart-pounding subject…make this latest skinny-dip in enchanted realism…the Platonic ideal of the beach read” Slate. Com. When her older husband dies suddenly and his handsome, beginning a defiant, Rachel seizes her own life story, arrives from France to settle the estate, including her favorite son, Frédérick, much younger nephew, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.
Growing up, rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, life-long friendship with Jestine, and her deep, Adelle’s daughter.
The Red Garden
From the town's founder, a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet who falls in love with a blind man, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a passionate neighbor, to the young man who runs away to New York City with only his dog for company, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives.
At the center of everyone’s life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look. Beautifully crafted and shimmering with magic, The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving. In exquisite prose, loyalty, hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, dark secrets, presenting more than three hundred years of passion, and redemption in a web of tales where characters' lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions.
The red garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts, capturing the unexpected turns in its history and in our own lives.
The Rules of Magic: A Novel The Practical Magic Series Book 1
Alice hoffman delivers “fairy-tale promise with real-life struggle” The New York Times Book Review in a story how the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself. Yet, the children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. An instant new york times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick from beloved author Alice Hoffman—the spellbinding prequel to Practical Magic.
Find your magic. From the start susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no candles, no cats, no wearing black, no red shoes, no crows, no books about magic. Hundreds of years later, in new york city at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique.
But when her children visit their aunt isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the memorable aunts in Practical Magic, their beloved brother, while Vincent, will leave an unexpected legacy.
For the owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Difficult franny, and charismatic vincent, who can read other people’s thoughts, shy and beautiful Jet, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.
. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, then pause at the last forty pages, The Rules of Magic is “irresistible…the kind of book you race through, savoring your final moments with the characters” USA TODAY, 4/4 stars.
In order to rediscover the truth about love, and magic, she must venture away from her home, hope, collecting the stories of a group of women who have been branded witches for their mysterious powers. Struggling to survive in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden.
But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself. A two-fold tale of grief and hope, loss and love, told as only Alice Hoffman can. When her family is lost in a terrible disaster, 15-year-old Green is haunted by loss and the past. Her family is gone, the boy she loves is missing, and the world she once knew has been transformed by tragedy.
. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her own story. As she heals, Green lives every day with feelings of loss. Only through their stories will Green find her own heart's desire.
Faithful: A Novel
What happens when a life is turned inside out? when love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last.
With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. Alice hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” usa today and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” WBUR make this an unforgettable story.
In new york city she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night. From the new york times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.
Growing up on long island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap. A fan of chinese food, and men she should stay away from, bookstores, dogs, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future.
Gillian and sally have endured that fate as well: as children, taunted, the sisters were forever outsiders, talked about, pointed at. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic. Splendid. Practical magic is one of hoffman's best novels, showing on every page her gift for touching ordinary life as if with a wand, to reveal how extraordinary life really is.
Newsweek “a delicious fantasy of witchcraft and love in a world where gardens smell of lemon verbena and happy endings are possible. Cosmopolitan . One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats.
The owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic. For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. But all gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.
The Ice Queen: A Novel
A woman who was touched by tragedy as a child now lives a quiet life, keeping other people at a cool distance. She even believes she wants it that way. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. She goes in search of lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away.
Then one day she utters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. When she finds him, he is her perfect opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks a strange and powerful new beginning.
. From the bestselling author of the rules of Magic, a miraculous, enthralling tale of a woman who is struck by lightning, and finds her frozen heart is suddenly burning. Be careful what you wish for. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both hide their most dangerous secrets--what happened in the past that turned one to ice and the other to fire.
A magical story of passion, loss, and renewal, The Ice Queen is Alice Hoffman at her electrifying best.
Bestselling author alice hoffman tears a page from history and melds it with mysticism to create a spellbinding, highly acclaimed tale about the persecution of Jewish people during the sixteenth century. Estrella is a marrano: during the time of the Spanish Inquisition, she is one of a community of Spanish Jews living double lives as Catholics.
When estrella discovers her family's true identity--and her family's secrets are made public--she confronts a world she's never imagined, where new love burns and where friendship ends in flame and ash, where trust is all but vanquished and betrayal has tragic and bitter consequences. Winner of numerous "best book" citations and infused with the rich context of history and faith, Incantation is a transcendent journey of discovery and loss, rebirth and remembrance that Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry described as "Magical and spellbinding.
. Painful and exquisitely beautiful. ". And she is living in a house of secrets, raised by a family who practices underground the ancient and mysterious way of wisdom known as kabbalah.
The Probable Future: A Novel Ballantine Reader's Circle
Hoffman is an unapologetic optimist, and optimism is in short supply these days. Yet this ordeal also leads Stella to the grandmother she was forbidden to meet and to a historic family home full of talismans from her ancestors. Poignant, unsettling, arresting, the Probable Future showcases the lavish literary gifts that have made Alice Hoffman one of America’s most treasured writers.
Praise for the probable Future“A thrilling adventure of literary alchemy. A magical, mystical tour de force of pure entertainment. The seattle Times“Delicious. Granddaughter stella has a mental window on the future—a future that she might not want to see. In the probable future this vivid and intriguing cast of characters confronts a haunting past—and a very current murder—against the evocative backdrop of small-town New England.
. Elinor can detect falsehood. Hoffman is an amazingly talented writer with a beautiful sense of sentence construction, and the ability to create compelling, an intriguing imagination, complex characters that readers care about. Fort worth star-telegram “hoffman’s ethereal tale of a family of women with supernatural gifts is a magical escape, grounded in the complex relationships between mothers and daughters.