Angel Landing

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The bestselling author of Practical Magic offers "an affecting love story, laced with humor" (Booklist) that tells the tale of a man and a woman, an activist and a therapist, so consumed with helping others that they are in danger of failing in their duty to themselves. This is an unforgettable tale about the true meaning of commitment, from "one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists." (Jane Smiley, USA Today)
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Angel Landing: A Novel

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Overview

The bestselling author of Practical Magic offers "an affecting love story, laced with humor" (Booklist) that tells the tale of a man and a woman, an activist and a therapist, so consumed with helping others that they are in danger of failing in their duty to themselves. This is an unforgettable tale about the true meaning of commitment, from "one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists." (Jane Smiley, USA Today)
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Editorial Reviews

Larry McMurtry
Alice Hoffman has one strong point as a novelist: She is very good at describing emotional pain. Since Michael Finn has lived with emotional pain all his life she has, in this novel, plenty to describe. She is not without humor - Aunt Minnie is a character with genuine sparkle - but she is better at pain, and her account of Michael's humiliations and frustrations makes the book memorable. -- The New York Times
Washington Post
A good, old-fashioned love story...Alice Hoffman's writing at its precise and heartbreaking best.
Library Journal
Hoffman's 1980 novel about love, politics, and therapy doesn't hold up well 20 years later. The politics of the impact of a nuclear power plant explosion, even if it is not yet operational, was probably, justifiably or not, a scarier and more conscious threat when she wrote Angel Landing. The story's romantic triangle of activist Carter Sugarland, bomber Michael Finn, and therapist Natalie is never fully realized. Carter is more dedicated to the cause than to love, and Natalie is a terrible therapist even without her questionable and predictable relationship with Finn; perhaps Hoffman's true political scrutiny is aimed at the ethics of therapy as all the therapists in the book are morally askew. The love story also suffers as the true thrust of the book focuses on the sadly stereotypical dysfunctionality of generations of Finns, whose individual plights deserve better therapy than they get. The strongest, most intriguing character is Aunt Minnie, an eccentric who charges into every situation with a golden-hearted agenda and the memories of a poetic love, providing the only humor and irony. A better book would have been her story instead. Bonnie Hurren's accents are unevenly sustained. Not recommended.--Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Jane Smiley
This is an unforgettable tale about the true meaning of commitment, from "one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists." -- USA Today
The Washington Post
A good, old-fashioned love story...Alice Hoffman's writing at its precise and heartbreaking best.
Pittsburgh Press
A satisfying book, one that is hard to lay aside.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425166840
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 643,944
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice  Hoffman
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.

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    1. Hometown:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 16, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974
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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    Alice Hoffman is amazing, Her characters capture your heart and

    Alice Hoffman is amazing, Her characters capture your heart and the beautiful imagery she creates with words is breath taking. She is a literary treasure. Do not miss Angel Landing or any of Hoffman's lovely books.

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

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    Alice Hoffman never lets the reader down

    Alice hoffman has become my favorite author. This book was just another in a long list of great reads! I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    loved it

    I really loved this book. It kept my attention and it was devastatingly beautiful. It was not, by any means, a true love story like that of Nicolas Sparks, but rather a love story in its own catagory.

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