Local Girls by Alice Hoffman

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman is at her haunting, thought-provoking best with these interconnected stories about a Long Island family, the Samuelsons, and the lessons in survival and transformation that life brings to every family...
"Pulls the reader in effortlessly...Hoffman has the power to make you really laugh and really cry." --USA Today

"Moving and deadpan funny...Epiphanies about passion, pain, and resiliency induce smiles and shivers in equal measure." --Entertainment Weekly


About Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman is the author of fifteen novels: Blue Diary (2001), The River King (2000), Local Girls (1999), Here On Earth (1997), Practical Magic (1995), Second Nature (1994), Turtle Moon (1992), Seventh Heaven (1990), At Risk (1988), Illumination Night (1987), Fortune's Daughter (1985), White Horses (1982), Angel Landing (1980), The Drowning Season (1979), and Property Of (1977). She is also the author of three children's books: Aquamarine (2001), Horsefly (2000), and Fireflies (1997). Born in New York City, and raised on Long Island, Hoffman graduated from Adelphi University and received an M.A. from Stanford University, where she was Mirrielees Fellow. She currently lives near Boston with her family and her dogs.
Published June 7, 1999 by Berkley. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Fiction

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Ten disastrous years in the life of a family on Long Island, only partly redeemed by the shimmering prose we—ve come to expect from Hoffman (Here on Earth 1997, etc.).

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Hoffman's chosen form of a novelistic group of short stories--all of which share the same family characters--lends itself nicely to the abridged audio format, in which the fragmentation seems a willful form of stylized narration.

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Her brother, Jason, is a science prodigy who eventually turns to the darker side of himself, and Frieda, Gretel's beloved grandmother, comes and goes throughout the stories, in life and in spirit, bringing with her the wisdom of great life lessons.

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Entertainment Weekly

While less magic realist than many of Alice Hoffman's novels (Second Nature, Practical Magic), these 15 interlinked stories tracing the tumultuous coming-of-age of Long Islander Gretel Samuelson are nevertheless moving and deadpan funny.

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