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Format:  Audio Cassette Unabridged
ISBN-10: 1596005319
ISBN-13: 9781596005310
Sku: 30903766
Publish Date: 1/25/2005
Pages:  6
Age Range:  NA
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The Haddan School was built in 1858 on the sloping banks of the Haddan River, a muddy and precarious location that had proven disastrous from the start. That very first year, when the whole town smelled of cedar shavings, there was a storm of enormous proportions, with winds so strong that dozens of fish were drawn up from the reedy shallows, then lifted above the village in a shining cloud of scales. (from the first line)
For more than a century, the small town of Haddan, Massachusetts, has been divided, as if by a line drawn down the center of Main Street, separating those born and bred in the village from those who attend the prestigious Haddan School. But one October night the two worlds are thrust together due to an inexplicable death, and the town's divided history is revealed in all its complexity. The lives of everyone involved are unraveled: from Carlin Leander, the fifteen-year-old girl who is as loyal as she is proud, to Betsy Chase, a woman running from her own destiny; from August Pierce, a boy who unexpectedly finds courage in his darkest hour, to Abel Grey, the police officer who refuses to let unspeakable actions - both past and present - slide by without notice.
Entertainment Weekly has declared that Alice Hoffman's worlds are "replete with miracles" and The Boston Globe has praised her "iridescent prose, taut narrative suspense, and alluring atmosphere." Now she brings us a novel as compelling as it is daring, an exploration of forgiveness and hope, a wondrous tale of innocence and evil, and of the secrets we keep.
From the Publisher:
A town divided by class lines is thrown into turmoil by a mysterious death, which begins to unravel the lives of a fifteen-year-old girl, a young boy, and a woman running from her own destiny.
This book was highly influenced by Yeats's experiments with automatic writing, conducted by his wife. The results led, among other things, to an esoteric theory of history based on the phases of the moon.
Author Bio
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.


"Hoffman glides with ease through potentially hokey matters--she has a lovely gift for writing about ghosts and karmic retribution as if they were the most natural things in the world. But her work doesn't hang upon spectral photographs or floral-scented phantoms. What Hoffman does masterfully is crawl inside the heads of regular people as they fall in love, grieve and sink into the bitterest loneliness, as they find a place in the world, as they die." - Mary Elizabeth Williams 07/24/2000

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Far too few novelists are drawn to write about the impacts of class and wealth on poor kids, but with this, her 14th novel, Hoffman effortlessly draws us into a disturbing coming-of-age story." - Amanda Fortini 08/20/2000

New York Times Book Review
"It can be hard to find an example of good old-fashioned storytelling these days, but storytelling, refreshingly, is Alice Hoffman's strength....But...[b]y the end, one thing is clear: it might take a well-populated village to raise a plot, but it takes three or four strong characters to keep that plot in motion....Spinning a solid tale is indeed a form of very practical magic. But it's another, impractical sort of magic that allows a writer to gain insight into human acts and motivations...." 07/16/2000

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