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Author: Alice Hoffman Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2014 ISBN: 9781483020860
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This fierce and beautiful story charts the histories of two women: Rae, young, unmarried, and far from home, awaits the birth of her first child. Lila, a fortune-teller with no interest in the future, lost her own daughter more than a quarter of a century earlier in New York. When these two women meet in Southern California, it’s earthquake weather—the time when unexpected things happen. Immediately, their lives and fortunes become intertwined, as Rae tries to break away from the man she has been with since high school and Lila reaches into the past to search for the child she lost.

This contemporary world is set against a series of Russian folktales told by an old woman who lives at the edge of Manhattan, in a place so well hidden it can only be found once in a lifetime.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best novels to come out of the United States in a decade.”

    Annie Dillard, New York Times bestselling author

  • “By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming…an intimate, lovely novel, most of whose concerns swirl about the pain and joys of motherhood.”


  • “This novel’s great strength lies in its two heroines, who both find themselves drawn, without plans, hopes, or full understanding, into the inevitably mythological process of pregnancy and childbirth…It is beautifully and matter-of-factly told.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Hoffman is a marvelous writer with a painter’s eye who takes the landscape of ordinary people experiencing ordinary emotions and colors them in unexpected ways.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • "Evocative."

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Hoffman has the uncanny knack of combining the mundane, everyday experiences with a touch of the occult and folklore…What lifts this novel into the ranks of the memorable is its evocative, lyrical quality of writing. Hoffman swings from the everyday to the otherworldly with ease and conviction. She lays bare the deepest secret thoughts at one moment, then segues into bits of humor mixed with pathos.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “One of those rare books that isn’t comparable to other books at all.”

    Boston Herald

  • “A seductive exploration of the nature of friendship, the exquisite presence of beauty and magic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hoffman, as always, shows a talent here for psychic journeys into the past and for a certain portentous tension.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Notable Book

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About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. Her short fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Self, and others. Her novel Practical Magic was made into a major motion picture starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; her young adult novel Aquamarine was made into a movie in 2006.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.