Here on Earth (Paperback) - Hoffman, Alice

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The author of such bestselling novels as "Seventh Heaven" and "Practical Magic" creates her most glorious fictional world to date in a spellbinding tale of love and obsession. After nearly 20 years of living in California, March Murray and her daughter Gwen return to March's small Massachusetts hometown. Thrust into the world of her past, March slowly comes to realize the complexity of the choices made by those around her, including Hollis, the boy she loved--now the man she can't seem to stay away from.

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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780425167311
SKU 30350601
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0425167313
Release Date 3/1/1998
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 1T
Author Info
Alice Hoffman
Hoffman is the daughter of a real estate salesman and a social worker. When they divorced, she was raised by her mother on Long Island. A voracious reader, Hoffman has had a lifelong interest in magic and fairy tales, and her reading has had an obvious effect on her own writing, which tends to incorporate fantasy and myth. She has a B.A. from Adelphi College and an M.F.A. from Stanford.
Praise
"[D]ark and wonderful....Alice Hoffman has never seen deeper inside her characters....'Here on Earth' is Alice Hoffman's most powerful and moving novel to date, and one of the finest fictional explorations of family love..."
"At the end of 'Wuthering Heights,' someone viewing the graves of Heathcliff and Catherine wonders how anyone could imagine unquiet slumbers for the lovers resting in that quiet earth. Despite the many wonders that Hoffman has unearthed, you can only wish that she had left them rest in peace."
"Daringly old-fashioned, Hoffman's writing is wholesome without being proselytising or dull."
"Hoffman's fans won't be disappointed by the airy-fairy 'Here on Earth,' her 12th novel, which weaves all of Hoffman's usual themes into a dreamy, intricate family melodrama, complete with alcoholism, wife-beating, obsessional love and whiffs of murder....Still, this novel's comfy, confident voice is enough to lure you into an armchair for the better part of an evening....It's curiously pleasurable, and reading it induces only a minimum of guilt."
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Annotation A professor's wife named March Murray travels from California to her hometown in Massachusetts to attend the funeral of the woman who helped raise her after her mother died. While there, she becomes passionately involved with her old flame, Hollis, an abandoned child her family took in as a boarder. Now wealthy, Hollis has waited all these years for March to return to him, but she soon discovers that he is no longer the person she once knew, but an evil, heartless man. This "Wuthering Heights" update is set in modern-day New England.
Editors Note In a review of Hoffman's previous novel, Practical Magic, Booklist wrote, "magic, fantasy, and full-tilt love-at-first-sight have figured in all of Hoffman's sexy, funny, and endearing novels...in Hoffman's universe, all boundaries between inner and outer realms are erased. Fear brings whipping winds, a malevolent spirit causes lilac bushes to achieve monstrous proportions, and love turns the air sweet and golden, melts butter, and makes everyone giddy." In Here on Earth, the darker, obsessive side of love is revealed in all of its power, and with all the havoc it wreaks. After nearly twenty years of living in California, March Murray, along with her fifteen-year-old daughter, Gwen, returns to the sleepy Massachusetts town where she grew up to attend the funeral of Judith Dale, the beloved housekeeper who raised her. Yet returning to her hometown also brings her back to Hollis, March's former soul mate and lover. March's father had taken the teenaged Hollis, an abandoned child, and the product of a series of detention homes, into his house as a boarder, and treated him like a son. Yet March and Hollis's passionate love was hardly a normal sibling relationship. When Hollis left her after a petty fight, March waited for him three long years, wondering what she had done wrong. Encountering Hollis again makes March acutely aware of the choices that she has made, and the choices everyone around her has made-including Mrs. Dale, who knew more of love than March could ever have suspected, and her brother Alan, whose tragic history has left him grief-struck, with alcohol as his only solace. Her attraction to Hollis is overwhelming - and March jeopardizes her marriage, her relationship with her daughter and her own happiness in an attempt to reclaim the past. "Hoffman conveys the mesmerizing lure of a lost love with haunting sensuality," Publishers Weekly, said in an advance review and Library Journal said: "Hoffman takes great care here to examine the many facets of love and relationships, turning them like a prism to reflect on March and Hollis." With Here on Earth , Alice Hoffman achieves once again the "iridescent prose, taut narrative suspense and alluring atmosphere" that The Boston Globe cites as her hallmark. Erotic, disturbing and compelling, this is without a doubt Alice Hoffman's most unforgettable novel.
Editors Note 2 The author of such bestselling novels as "Seventh Heaven" and "Practical Magic" creates her most glorious fictional world to date in a spellbinding tale of love and obsession. After nearly 20 years of living in California, March Murray and her daughter Gwen return to March's small Massachusetts hometown. Thrust into the world of her past, March slowly comes to realize the complexity of the choices made by those around her, including Hollis, the boy she loved--now the man she can't seem to stay away from.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0293
Publisher Berkley Publishing Group

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