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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things comes a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism.

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, lifelong friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.

Building on the triumphs of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, set in a world of almost unimaginable beauty, The Marriage of Opposites showcases the beloved, bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers. Once forgotten to history, the marriage of Rachel and Frédérick is a story that is as unforgettable as it is remarkable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] luminous, Marquez-esque tale.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Astonishing storytelling.”

    USA Today

  • “Rich with details…Hoffman elevates what could have been little more than a summer getaway book to a work of art.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “An entrancing saga of sacrifice, forbidden loves, betrayals, and family tragedies endured in a world fractured by religion, class, and race, and redeemed by art and by love. Hoffman is at her resplendent best in this trenchant and revelatory tale of a heroic woman and her world-altering artist son.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lilting prose, beautifully meted out folklore, and historical references and Hoffman’s deep conviction in her characters (especially those ‘willing to do anything for love’) make reading this contes du temps passé a total pleasure.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Hoffman’s subject matter and her evocative writing style are a wonderful fit for this moving story, which illuminates a historical period and women whose lives were colored by hardships, upheavals, and the subjugation of personal desires.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Brings into focus the birth of impressionism and the forces that shaped Pissarro’s artistic drive through the complicated, rich, adventure-filled life story of his fiery mother.”

    Library Journal

  • “This massive family tale is an appealing audiobook…The narrators’ performances are skilled and appropriate for each role. While each narrator’s voice is distinctive, they share a common intensity, a complete immersion in the lyrical language that is a Hoffman specialty. Gloria Reuben’s voice has a simmering, husky quality, while Tina Benko’s delivery is more measured and subtle, which is appropriate for that section of the novel. Santino Fontana brings the listener forward in time, his crisp delivery sounding a bit more modern. Even with such scope, this audiobook manages to capture the imagination and transport listeners to another time. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Hoffman mixes fact and fiction to produce a richly imagined tapestry shot through with her signature blend of folklore, fairy dust, and romantic passion.”

    Washington Post

  • An August 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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