The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
A Novel

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From the New York Times Bestselling
Author of The Third Angel

Alice Hoffman’s previous novel, The Third Angel, was hailed as "an unforgettable portrait of the depth of true love" (USA Today), "stunning" (Jodi Picoult), and "spellbinding" (Miami Herald). Her new novel, The Story Sisters, charts the lives of three sisters–Elv, Claire, and Meg. Each has a fate she must meet alone: one on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth, a neighbor who is not who he appears to be, a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there, a detective who finds his heart’s desire, and a demon who will not let go.

What does a mother do when one of her children goes astray? How does she save one daughter without sacrificing the others? How deep can love go, and how far can it take you? These are the questions this luminous novel asks.

At once a coming-of-age tale, a family saga, and a love story of erotic longing, The Story Sisters sifts through the miraculous and the mundane as the girls become women and their choices haunt them, change them and, finally, redeem them. It confirms Alice Hoffman’s reputation as "a writer whose keen ear for the measure struck by the beat of the human heart is unparalleled" (The Chicago Tribune).



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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 2, 2009 by Broadway Books. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The New York Times

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In this novel, three sisters devise an imaginary world with an invented language as a fortress against trauma.

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BC Books

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I must admit that in the last segment of the tale, the youngest Story sister falls in love with a man who appears normal in every way.

May 27 2009 | Read Full Review of The Story Sisters: A Novel

BC Books

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The Story Sisters is a dark tale in which three sisters and their divorced mother meet their fate in uncanny ways.

May 27 2009 | Read Full Review of The Story Sisters: A Novel

Book Reporter

Though many fairy tales have been watered down over the generations --- their first, darker versions altered to make them brighter and happier --- you can still find the originals preserved in collections by the Grimm Brothers and others.

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AV Club

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Alice Hoffman’s sense of the spiritual reality lying hidden inside the natural world has rarely been put to better use than in her creation of Arnish, a language and mythology shared by three sisters surnamed Story, and pitched to exclude their hopeful, fearful mother.

Jul 09 2009 | Read Full Review of The Story Sisters: A Novel

The Washington Post

It's a rare year that doesn't bring a novel from Alice Hoffman, and those who follow this maddeningly uneven writer have learned to cast a wary eye on each new offering.

Jun 03 2009 | Read Full Review of The Story Sisters: A Novel

Review (Barnes & Noble)

Alice Hoffman's prose is nearly gorgeous enough to console us for the tragedies of her newest novel, The Story Sisters.

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Tampa Bay Times

Darkly mixing the mundane and horrible with the glorious and transcendent, Hoffman allows the Story sisters to find a measure of redemption, but it is slow and a long time coming.

Jun 19 2009 | Read Full Review of The Story Sisters: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

A moving exploration of the strengths and limitations of family bonds, The Story Sisters is quintessential, if somewhat darker, Hoffman.

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From Left to Write

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