One of the most prolific novelists in recent memory, Alice Hoffman is known for magical stories about love, marriage, betrayal, history, and friendship. Many of her books have hit the big and small screens with memorable characters and dazzling scenes; whether you’ve been a forever fan or are a newcomer to her work, Hoffman’s writing will have you hooked from the very first page. She’s just published her newest novel FAITHFUL, and to celebrate here’s a list of some of our Alice Hoffman favorites.
Set on Martha’s Vineyard, ILLUMINATION NIGHT follows the lives of a young blond giant, an old woman at the end of her life, a family torn apart, and a high school girl who brings them all together. An exploration of passion and redemption, this is a classic Hoffman blend of magic and modernity that will leave any reader satisfied.
THE STORY SISTERS charts the lives of three sisters—Elv, Claire, and Meg—as each grows to meet a fate beyond her control—with changes for the worse and for the better. A coming-of-age tale, a family saga, a and love story, this novel asks all the right questions about sacrifice, affection, commitment, and making choices.
After nearly two decades of being away, March Murray returns to her Massachusetts hometown with her daughter to attend the funeral of a family friend. Her stay is meant to be brief, but being back home also brings her back into the orbit of her former lover. Their reunion causes her to reevaluate her past and leads to decisions that may have dramatic consequences for her future.
The women of the Sparrow family have lived in New England for generations, each born in March and each in possession of a special gift that emerges when she turns 13. To her horror, Stella’s new power leads to her own father’s imprisonment, and she must seek out her estranged mother and grandmother to make things right.
Each May, sea turtles follow the lights into the coastal town of Verity, Florida, thinking that the artificial glow is actually the moon. Not only do the turtles start to act up at this time of year—the town’s residents also begin acting strangely. But not every year does it lead to murder, missing children, and incredible searches into the depths of the swampy coast.
This fierce and beautiful novel brings together two women—Rae, young, unmarried, pregnant, and far from home; and Lila, a fortune-teller who has lost her own daughter years before. When they meet in Southern California, things begin to happen, and their lives connect in unexpected ways that will change them both.
After a terrible accident leaves her best friend in a coma, Shelby drops out of her life in suburban Long Island and moves to New York City. What follows is a tale, sprinkled with Hoffman’s signature magical realism, of a girl struggling to find her way in the world. With the help of her new chosen family, a series of anonymous postcards, and a mysterious guardian angel, Shelby finds herself moving forward, toward love and joy in her life.