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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,912 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Hoffman Narrator: Aasne Vigesaa, Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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The New York Times Book Review has noted, Alice Hoffman writes quite wonderfully about the magic in our lives, and now she casts her spell over a Long Island neighborhood filled with dreamers and dreams. In a dazzling series of family portraits, 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.

With rich, pure prose Hoffman charts the progress of Gretel Samuelson from the time she 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-addled cousin Margot, and her mother, Franny, whose spiritual journey affects them all. Told in alternating voices, these stories are funny and lyrical, disturbing and healing, each a lesson in survival, a reminder of the ties of blood, and the power of friendship. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Bracksieck | 2/7/2014

    " A quick read (2 days, even for a father of 2). Well written and reaches a certain depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B. Lynn Goodwin | 2/6/2014

    " I love the way these stories build. It's a pleasure to read Alice Hoffman and be drawn into the world she creates. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 1/30/2014

    " never met a book of hers i have not loved...and she did not dissapoint! pitch perfect "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia Flores | 1/29/2014

    " I actually took every free moment I had to read this one. Alice Hoffman has a way of swirling you into a world, a life, a place you might never think you could relate to. There is always a common grace between people through life and experience and she has a way of touching, even if ever so slightly, those little bits of common threads we all share. And she does it with magic, food, air, bits of humor. I decided to give it three stars only because I really wanted to learn more about the characters. Maybe a continuation some years later? Is there a sequel I maybe don't know about? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shareen Wornson | 1/29/2014

    " I love Alice Hoffman! A very good story about a girl and her life with her mom, her best friend and her aunt and how they deal with the changes life can bring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate McAllister | 1/27/2014

    " Um, I forgot that I actually already read this delightful book by Alice Hoffman. I am sufficiently chagrined and will in future bring a list of her books to the library to guide my selections. I feel like a dummy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antoinette | 1/23/2014

    " This is my favorite Alice Hoffman book so far. Despite being written about the same group of people (though from various viewpoints--first person, third person, third person omniscient), these beautifully written short stories stand on their own (previously published individually in various magazines) but also tie together seamlessly. This is a very short book but it will stay with me for some time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/19/2014

    " I keep thinking that I will love something Alice Hoffman writes, but it's never quite on for me. Liked this...but like many frustrating Hoffman books just kind of peters out in the end...maybe I'm too American and need it all tied up with a bow at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/11/2014

    " A comtemporary read leaving me feeling "this is life" even tho there's a mystical feeling running through it. I love this author but I know several friends who don't have time for her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 12/25/2013

    " this one is kind of a lot like practical magic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 12/17/2013

    " Failed to capture my attention in the first few chapters, so I gave it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mairzi | 12/12/2013

    " Wonderful, sad, beautiful book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 12/9/2013

    " Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors, but I could not connect with this book: it chronicles two girls growing up in a small town & how each reacts to the changes in their families, but it lacks Hoffman's usual technical finesse and emotional resonance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MariNaomi | 12/8/2013

    " This was a nice coming of age book. If you like Melissa Bank's writing (which I very much do!), you'll probably like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 12/2/2013

    " This was much better than the Third Angel. Hoffman's plain writing style seems to suit an adolescent narrator, and I think Hoffman reads much better with first-person narration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dien | 11/27/2013

    " like it. I learned something from it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 8/21/2013

    " This book was fantastic, as usual with Hoffman there was a magical element but it told a story of a girl surviving all that life can present and whilst the ending is not exactly happy, you are left feeling that life is a surprise that you can cope with. I cried and smiled throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glisyn Lewis jarrells | 6/1/2013

    " One of my top five, all-time favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Germanelcolombiano | 5/22/2013

    " good book and teachs allot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 5/5/2013

    " An enjoyable fast read. Flows nicely from one stage to another with a good balance of sad and funny. Some sections brought me back to my teenage years. Gretel Samuelson is a young girl with a best friend and neighbor named Jill. Through Gretel we follow their families' struggles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 4/25/2013

    " Strange that i read this just after listening to the audio of Skylight confessions, there were some strong similarities almost like parts of this book were pre-writing for Skylight Confessions. This book was okay. Not my favorite of Alice Hoffman's books, (and I LOVE Alice HOffman) but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Grant | 12/1/2012

    " The stories written with first person narration were superb. The others were only so-so. A very agreeable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/27/2012

    " Enjoyable pop fiction, with some occasionally beautiful phrases. The moments of Americanized magical realism can be a bit much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/12/2012

    " I have yet to dislike an Alice Hoffman novel. Her magical realism this time focuses on a family undergoing a painful divorce and the effect it has on each of the members, focusing chiefly on the daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 7/24/2012

    " I learned how much more I like most of the books I've been reading than I like this one! It was o.k., but not excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 11/20/2011

    " I love Alice Hoffman and she didn't disappoint with this book. Her writing is always so clear. I read this in 2 days. A good transitional book if you are in the midst of reading some heavy-duty stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 11/11/2011

    " At first the story grabbed me. Then it got weird. Then grabbed me again. It has so many moments that touch you,ale laugh, make you cry, and make you grateful for all you know and have in life. A good read. Very real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misty | 7/24/2011

    " Pretty good Alice Hoffman read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. B | 7/24/2011

    " A quick read (2 days, even for a father of 2). Well written and reaches a certain depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 5/21/2011

    " read so long ago, should read it again. About Long Island, read when I lived there "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 5/8/2011

    " Good, but not as forcefully magical as vintage Hoffman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 5/6/2011

    " This book was fantastic, as usual with Hoffman there was a magical element but it told a story of a girl surviving all that life can present and whilst the ending is not exactly happy, you are left feeling that life is a surprise that you can cope with. I cried and smiled throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 4/22/2011

    " Hoffman writes about urban magic in a subtle way. Her words are poems, full of beauty and sorrow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 3/30/2011

    " Quick read...not sure if it was supposed to be young adult, but would love my daughter to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 3/14/2011

    " Another sad story. First Hoffman I've read. She writes well. Will try another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/19/2011

    " It was okay...a quick book but not as in-depth in the characters and their friendships as I would have liked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Iola | 2/17/2011

    " I did not care for this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/26/2011

    " Not my favorite Hoffman, and I don't know why. It just left me a little flat, and when all of a sudden I realized I was nearly through it, I was left with the feeling "huh, how did that happen?" Not an oh-no, or about time... I wish I could say what feels lacking to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/6/2011

    " a great timeless story about friendship. Quick read and worth it. "

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Author Alice Hoffman

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.