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ISBN13: 9780307405968
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lilsnobelle, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by lilsnobelle)
Having read other books by this author, I was already expecting a pretty good read. This was darker, but much more of a good read than anything I've read by Alice Hoffman. This would make an excellent movie. Her writing style is almost poetic, so much so that I found myself rereading just to recapture the beautiful descriptions. The characters are very strong, and you feel like you know these people. I don't want to give away the story, but the self destructive Elv is the most fascinating sister of the three. I absolutely love the ending. Don't let this book pass you by! I devoured it.
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Tisa Hill, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Tisa Hill)
Captures the relationships between sisters as well as more ethereal experiences like the color of the light in Paris. Beautiful and interesting. Painful and sweet.
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Ruth Clark, June 8, 2011 (view all comments by Ruth Clark)
Unforgettable relationship between a trio of sisters, so very different, but so fiercely united as young girls that they create their own language. As the girls mature Elv, the eldest who made up their fairy world, spirals out of control, Claire blindly supports her wayward sibling, and Meg attempts to protect Claire from Elv. You will laugh and cry over the life experiences of the sisters and their mother while the writer in all of us sighs in longing that we could write passages as eloquent as those of Alice Hoffman. Hoffman is a master at magical realism.
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DL, March 26, 2011 (view all comments by DL)
Alice has another winner in my book..LOVE,LOVE,LOVE her writing style!! This is the seventh novel of Alice Hoffman's I have had the pleasure of reading. This is a very dark and haunting tale of sister-love, that will stay with me for a very long time. This story deals with some extremely difficult topics that a lot of families are dealing with. That is why I love her storytelling. . She deals with topics that generally wouldn't interest me, but was definitely a page turner. Kept my interest through out the entire book, never quite knowing where the story was headed. Alice does such an amazing job of character development that I feel like that I have known this family for years. This really needs a part 2.
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Shoshana Raskas, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by Shoshana Raskas)
This book completely sucked me in. I loved the combination of darkness, family love and relationships, and creative story-telling. This is a great read-engrossing and entertaining.
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Hoffman, Alice
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Pneuman, Angela
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Product details 288 pages Three Rivers Press (CA) - English 9780307405968 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Hoffman's characters are always moving back and forth, challenging our perceptions, daring us to judge them. Her sentences tremble with allegory....In the end, The Story Sisters, for all its magic realism, is about a family navigating through motherhood, sisterhood, daughterhood. It's Little Women on mushrooms. (Bookish sisters beware)."
"Review" by , "Hoffman is celebrated for her ability to conjure plausible alternative realities, to sprinkle her landscapes with witches and other mythical creatures, while keeping her stories closely tethered to familiar terrain. There's a mysticism that swirls about her works but, like a late-morning fog, it eventually burns off to reveal a physical and emotional topography that most all of us can recognize."
"Review" by , "This bewitching novel explores the bonds of sisterhood like a haunting modern fairy tale."
"Review" by , "Any new book by Hoffman is an occasion to rejoice, as is the case with The Story Sisters."
"Review" by , "The sisters struggle to grow and thrive in the real world will keep you riveted to the pages of this heartbreaking novel about the powers and limits of love."
"Review" by , "The always dazzling Hoffman has outdone herself in this bewitching weave of psychologically astute fantasy and shattering realism….this is an entrancing and romantic drama shot through with radiant beauty and belief in human resilience and transformation." (starred review)
"Review" by , "Painfully moving....there are beautiful moments throughout."
"Review" by , "Keeps readers heartbroken yet spellbound, turning the pages."
"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.
"Synopsis" by , A wry, moving debut novel from a Stegner fellow and "one of the most gifted young writers around" (Lorrie Moore), Lay It on My Heart takes us through one unforgettable month in Charmaine Peake's thirteenth year as she comes to understand the complicated strength of mothers, the trials of faith, and the life-changing power of a true friend.
"Synopsis" by , It's summer in Kentucky, the low ceiling of August pressing down on Charmaine Peake and the town of East Winder. Charmaine and her mother get along better with a room between them, but they've been forced by circumstances to relocate to a tiny trailer by the river. The last of a line of local holy men, Charmaine's father has turned from prophet to patient, his revelation lost in the clarifying haze of medication. Her sure-minded grandmother has suffered a stroke. At church, where she has always felt most certain, Charmaine is tested when she uncovers that her archrival, a sanctimonious missionary kid, carries a dark, confusing secret. Suddenly her life can be sorted into what she wishes she knew and what she wishes she didn't.

A moving, hilarious portrait of mothers and daughters, Lay It on My Heart brings us into the heart of a family weathering the toughest patch of their lives. But most of all, it marks out the seemingly unbearable realities of growing up, the strength that comes from finding real friendship, and the power of discovering—and accepting—who you are.

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This piercing, sly debut novel tells the story of one unforgettable month in a Kentucky girls thirteenth year. Charmaine Peakes prophet father has been committed to a psychiatric institution. Her mother, forced to rent out their house and move them down to a trailer on the river, wont stop telling Charmaine things she doesnt want to hear—from marital details and middle-aged doubts to uncomfortable preoccupations with Charmaines changing body. A sanctimonious missionary kid has taken over her real bedroom, where Charmaine discovers his stash of strange and questionable photos. She is being tested at every turn: Where will her choices take her? And her faith? She tries to pray ceaselessly as her father taught, but with so much upheaval, even God seems to have changed.

Like the beloved Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Lay It on My Heart unleashes Southern humor on the effects of a parents mental illness. It brings us into the heart of a family weathering the toughest patch in their lives. But most of all, it marks out the seemingly unbearable realities of adolescence and the power that comes from discovering—and accepting—who you are. A moving, hilarious portrayal of the relationship between mothers and daughters, this book fulfills Angela Pneumans promise as “one of the most astonishingly talented writers today”(Julie Orringer).

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