Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman
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Writing at the height of her powers, Alice Hoffman conjures three generations of a family haunted by love.     Cool, practical, and deliberate, John is dreamy Arlyn's polar opposite. Yet the two are drawn powerfully together even when it is clear they are bound to bring each other grief. Their difficult marriage leads them and their children to a house made of glass in theConnecticut countryside, to the avenues of Manhattan, and to the blue waters of Long Island Sound. Glass breaks, love hurts, and families make their own rules. Ultimately, it falls to their grandson, Will, to solve the emotional puzzle of his family and of his own identity.
 

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 January 11, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 273 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hoffman spins a grim fairy tale, complete with an unsympathetic stepmother (Cynthia, who was sleeping with John before Arlie died) and a strange nanny (Meredith, who follows John to Connecticut because she’s the only one besides him who sees Arlie’s ghost hovering around).

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In Alice Hoffman’s latest novel, the Moody family has seen its share of extreme, even extraordinary circumstances.

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Some of this will make you turn up your nose even if you're enjoyably turning pages - the pearls, for instance, left for Arlie by her lover that, around her neck, grow "feverish, coloured with a rusty tinge" and a bunch of other tints, depending on Arlie's state;

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Arlie's ghost is visible only to Moody and to the narrator, Meredith, who follows the ghost home to the glass house where Arlie lived out her miserable marriage and died.

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Constantly whispering stories of people who fly, Arlyn passes on her yearning for escape to her son, who learns to hate the glass house in which his father has emotionally imprisoned them.

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As for John, he grows increasingly distant from Arlyn and Sam, throwing himself into his work, convinced that Arlyn, a woman so unlike whom he had always imagined for himself, has somehow bewitched him into a life he was never meant to have.

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USA Today

Alice Hoffman's most delightful novels are like Broadway hits: melodramatic, show-offy, with a big splash of how-did-they-do-that magic.Even when she has tackled serious issues, there has been an undercurrent of humor, an inventive use of language, a wonderfully offbeat character some Hoffmanesq...

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The saga of Arlyn Singer is tremendously sad at times, which lends her story a weighty authenticity, and Hoffman includes enough love and hope that the book is, on the balance, thoughtful and uplifting.ProsSkylight Confessions is beautifully written and very moving.The epic family story—love at f...

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