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ISBN13: 9780425174340
ISBN10: 0425174344
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The New York Times bestselling author's first collection of short fiction.

Alice Hoffman evokes the world of the Samuelsons, a family torn apart by tragedy and divorce in a world of bad judgment and fierce attachments, disappointments and devotion. Hoffman charts the always unexpected progress of Gretel Samuelson from the time Gretel is a young girl already acquainted with betrayal and grief, until she finally leaves home. Gretel's sly, funny, knowing perspective is at the heart of this collection as she navigates through loyalty and loss with the help of an unforgettable trio of women: her best friend Jill, her romance-addicted cousin Margot, and her mother, Franny, whose spiritual journey affects them all. Told in alternating voices, these tales work wonders. Funny and lyrical, disturbing and healing, each is a lesson of survival, a reminder of the ties of blood and the power of friendship.

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"Moving and deadpan funny....Epiphanies about passion, pain, and resiliency induce smiles and shivers in equal measure." Entertainment Weekly

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"Clearly, Local Girls isn't beach reading. But coupled with the weightiness of the book's subject matter, it is a sparkling message of hope, a Hoffman-esque belief that while human turmoil is often haphazard and undeserved, love is always present..." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

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"Pulls the reader in effortlessly....Hoffman has the power to make you really laugh and really cry." USA Today

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"Ten disastrous years in the life of a family on Long Island, only partly redeemed by the shimmering prose we've come to expect from Hoffman....Hoffman remains a major talent, but she's marking time here." Kirkus Reviews

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"When living and dying get a little extreme, Hoffman invokes the paranormal, replacing hard questions with pretty metaphors. This is comfort literature, and she does it well — though she sometimes falls on the wrong side of the line between charming and cloying." Literary Review

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Hoffman is at her haunting, thought-provoking best with these interconnected stories about a Long Island family, the Samuelsons, and the lessons in survival and transformation that life brings to every family.

Synopsis:

From the New York Times best-selling author of The DovekeepersAlice Hoffman is at her haunting, thought-provoking best with these interconnected stories about a Long Island family, the Samuelsons, and the lessons in survival and transformation that life brings to every family...

"Pulls the reader in effortlessly...Hoffman has the power to make you really laugh and really cry." --USA Today

"Moving and deadpan funny...Epiphanies about passion, pain, and resiliency induce smiles and shivers in equal measure." --Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the author of many bestselling novels, including Practical Magic, Here On Earth, and Blue Diary, and most recently, The Probable Future and Blackbird House.

Table of Contents

Dear Diary 1
Rose Red 15
Flight 29
Gretel 39
Tell the Truth 51
How to Talk to the Dead 61
Fate 75
Bake at 350° 87
True Confession 99
The Rest of Your Life 119
The Boy Who Wrestled with Angels 151
Examining the Evidence 145
Devotion 157
Still Among the Living 165
Local Girls 181

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DL, January 22, 2013 (view all comments by DL)
Wonderful family saga. Would make an awesome movie. This is my 10th book by Alice Hoffman. Its now one of my favorites. It had been a year since ive read one of Alice's. Her writing is as comforting and easy as an old worn sweatshirt on a cold winter day. I would highly recommend this book, and this author.
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Felicity, January 16, 2008 (view all comments by Felicity)
A quick and moving read. The main character's charming voice draws you into the first-person stories of adolescence at the beginning. Once you're hooked, the story expands into the third-person and draws more deeply on the heroine's family and friends. I finished it in practically one sitting (airport, airplane...that's around one sitting, right?)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425174340
Author:
Hoffman, Alice
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
May 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.96x5.14x.56 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 208 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425174340 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Moving and deadpan funny....Epiphanies about passion, pain, and resiliency induce smiles and shivers in equal measure."
"Review" by , "Clearly, Local Girls isn't beach reading. But coupled with the weightiness of the book's subject matter, it is a sparkling message of hope, a Hoffman-esque belief that while human turmoil is often haphazard and undeserved, love is always present..."
"Review" by , "Pulls the reader in effortlessly....Hoffman has the power to make you really laugh and really cry."
"Review" by , "Ten disastrous years in the life of a family on Long Island, only partly redeemed by the shimmering prose we've come to expect from Hoffman....Hoffman remains a major talent, but she's marking time here."
"Review" by , "When living and dying get a little extreme, Hoffman invokes the paranormal, replacing hard questions with pretty metaphors. This is comfort literature, and she does it well — though she sometimes falls on the wrong side of the line between charming and cloying."
"Synopsis" by , Hoffman is at her haunting, thought-provoking best with these interconnected stories about a Long Island family, the Samuelsons, and the lessons in survival and transformation that life brings to every family.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the New York Times best-selling author of The DovekeepersAlice Hoffman is at her haunting, thought-provoking best with these interconnected stories about a Long Island family, the Samuelsons, and the lessons in survival and transformation that life brings to every family...

"Pulls the reader in effortlessly...Hoffman has the power to make you really laugh and really cry." --USA Today

"Moving and deadpan funny...Epiphanies about passion, pain, and resiliency induce smiles and shivers in equal measure." --Entertainment Weekly

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