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From the New York Times Bestselling author of The Third Angel.

Alice Hoffman's previous novel, The Third Angel, was hailed as "an unforgettable portrait of the depth of true love" (USA Today), "stunning" (Jodi Picoult), and "spellbinding" (Miami Herald).

Her new novel, The Story Sisters, charts the lives of three sisters — Elv, Claire, and Meg. Each has a fate she must meet alone: one on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth, a neighbor who is not who he appears to be, a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there, a detective who finds his heart's desire, and a demon who will not let go.

What does a mother do when one of her children goes astray?
How does she save one daughter without sacrificing the others?
How deep can love go, and how far can it take you?
These are the questions this luminous novel asks.

At once a coming-of-age tale, a family saga, and a love story of erotic longing, The Story Sisters sifts through the miraculous and the mundane as the girls become women and their choices haunt them, change them and, finally, redeem them. It confirms Alice Hoffman's reputation as a "writer whose keen ear for the measure struck by the beat of the human heart is unparalleled". (The Chicago Tribune).

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It's a rare year that doesn't bring a novel from Alice Hoffman, and those who follow this maddeningly uneven writer have learned to cast a wary eye on each new offering. Will it be Good Alice, poser of uncomfortable moral dilemmas and marvelously rich portraitist of family life ("Blue Diary," "Skylight Confessions")? Or will it be Bad Alice, blatantly careless plotter and outrageous overdoer of the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Her alluring characters are soulful, their suffering mythic, and though the sorrows are many and the body count high, this is an entrancing and romantic drama..." Booklist

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"A radiant denouement shows love redeeming the surviving sisters, and there are beautiful moments throughout, but they don't entirely compensate for Hoffman's excesses of plot and tone. A near-miss..." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

A family is shattered when one of three sisters dies tragically in an automobile accident. How the family survives — separates, reconfigures, and reconciles — is at the heart of this exquisite exploration of the ties that bind.

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of nearly twenty acclaimed novels beloved by teens and adults, including Aquamarine and Practical Magic, both made into major motion pictures, as well as The Foretelling, Green Angel, The Ice Queen, and Here on Earth (an Oprah Book Club selection). She has also written the highly praised story collections Local Girls and Blackbird House. The author lives outside of Boston.

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bookworm25, January 25, 2010 (view all comments by bookworm25)
Although mortally devestating and incredibly sad, I would defintely vote this the best literary work of fiction I have read in the last 10 years.

A great literary work will make your wonder about the world at the begining, and you will continue to wonder at the end. Although this was said by another great writer, I haven't found it to be more true about any other book.

I want my books to make me care so much about the characters that I am affected for a lifetime. Alice Hoffman has done that for me with this book.



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Kim Griswell, September 20, 2009 (view all comments by Kim Griswell)
Why can't I be Alice Hoffman? Every time I open one of her books I am pulled into the spell she's woven and cannot come up for air. It's after nine a.m. My hair is scruffy, I need a shower, but I can't get out of bed. The Story Sisters have me so wrapped up in their lives that mine seems a pale shadow. Will Elv ever find justice for what happened to her when she was a child? Will she find peace? Will anyone be left alive to notice? Oh, Alice! How do you do it?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307393869
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Hoffman, Alice
Publisher:
Crown
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Publication Date:
20090602
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.42x6.62x1.19 in. 1.33 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Shaye Areheart Books - English 9780307393869 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Her alluring characters are soulful, their suffering mythic, and though the sorrows are many and the body count high, this is an entrancing and romantic drama..."
"Review" by , "A radiant denouement shows love redeeming the surviving sisters, and there are beautiful moments throughout, but they don't entirely compensate for Hoffman's excesses of plot and tone. A near-miss..."
"Synopsis" by , A family is shattered when one of three sisters dies tragically in an automobile accident. How the family survives — separates, reconfigures, and reconciles — is at the heart of this exquisite exploration of the ties that bind.
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