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Author: Alice Hoffman Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781483021003
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The matriarch of a Long Island clan with a stubbornly suicidal son and a defiant, restless granddaughter, Esther has hired a Russian landscaper to watch over the family as well as the grounds of their secluded waterfront estate. But he has been watching Esther, too. And his love for her is growing wild enough to uproot them all.

The author of Here on Earth and The River King presents a “stunning and hypnotic” novel that “interweaves past and present with piercing images and unfailing energy” (Publishers Weekly).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An original and moving novel about two women whose fierce individuality almost keeps them from knowing and loving each other. It is always memorable, and wonderful, when a novelist can lavish such complexity and such affection on two warring characters that the reader feels sympathetic to them both…A sad and wise story, told with grace—a superb novel by a writer of the most admirable energy.”

    John Irving

  • “A spare, translucent, gothic novel about a family of living ghosts…A beautiful book.”

    Richard Price, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A fierce and wicked fairy tale of these ‘modern’ times.. Alice Hoffman has an extraordinary sense of the fabulous…The Drowning Season is a touching and startling novel by a young writer who has a feeling for myth, genuine wickedness, and the nagging perversity of love.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A stark, modern fable…haunting and wise.”


  • “A triumph.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Hypnotic and mythic in its language and rhythms…reverberates with situations and characters that suggest ancient myths…fulfilling fiction’s promise, it sheds a little light on the darkness.”

    Washington Post

  • “A beautiful and healing book. It casts the spell of all great fairy tales.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Awesome and funny….Hoffman is operating in Kafka’s realm, in the territory of I. B. Singer, and of Tolstoy’s folk tales…. She has tapped some timeless quality of human experience.”


  • “Flows so magically it seems much like the sea around which the story is constructed.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “In this mythlike, haunting novel, Hoffman’s brilliantly rhythmic prose flashes upon the roiling mysteries of death and love—through a prism of iced-in lives…A mesmerizing, magical work.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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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

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway.