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The River Kingby Alice Hoffman
A New York Times Notable Book for 2000.
Synopses & Reviews
People tend to stay in their place in the town of Haddan. The students at the prestigious prep school don't mix with locals; even within the school, hierarchy rules, as freshman and faculty members find out where they fit in and what is expected of them. But there are minor collisions happening everywhere: An awkward boy, the son of a teacher, is flirting with a pretty classmate, the daughter of a convenience-store cashier. A photographer in plastic flip-flops and an overflowing backpack is about to marry a staid, ambitious historian. And when a body is found in the river behind the school, a local policeman named Abel Grey will walk into this enclosed world and upset it entirely.
From the author of Practical Magic and Local Girls, this is a story of surface appearances and the truths submerged below — confirming Alice Hoffman's place as "one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists" (Jane Smiley, USA Today).
"Graceful, beguiling, and quirky....Reading her book is like having a dream that haunts even after we awaken." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Rewarding...a novel not to be missed." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Set in and around an exclusive private school in fictional Haddan, Mass., bestselling author Hoffman?s latest novel flows as swiftly and limpidly as the Haddan River, the town?s mystical waterway....As ever, Hoffman mixes myth, magic and reality, addressing issues of town and gown, enchanting her readers with a many-layered morality tale and proving herself once again an inventive author with a distinctive touch." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Suspenseful and engrossing." Denver Rocky Mountain News
"It can be hard to find an example of good old-fashioned storytelling these days, but storytelling, refreshingly, is Alice Hoffman?s strength....The River King is full of wonderfully and satisfyingly odd twists and turns." The New York Times Book Review
From the best-selling author of The Dovekeepers, The River King confirms Alice Hoffman as "one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists" (Jane Smiley, USA Today).
People tend to stay in their place in the town of Haddan. The students at the prestigious prep school don't mix with locals; even within the school, hierarchy rules, as freshman and faculty members find out where they fit in and what is expected of them. But when a body is found in the river behind the school, a local policeman will walk into this enclosed world and upset it entirely. A story of surface appearances and the truths submerged below.
About the Author
ALICE HOFFMAN is the author of Property Of; The Drowning Season; Angel Landing; White Horses; Fortune?s Daughter; Illumination Night; At Risk; Seventh Heaven; Turtle Moon; Second Nature; Practical Magic; Here on Earth; and Local Girls. She lives near Boston.
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