Fortune's Daughter

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"This novel's great strength lies in its two heroines, who both find themselves drawn, without plans, hopes or full understanding, into the inevitably mythological process of pregnancy and childbirth....It is beautifully and matter-of-factly told."
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Rae, unmarried and pregnant is alone. Lila is older, happily married, a fortune-teller and unable to cease mourning for the baby she was forced to give up for adoption many years ago. They meet in Southern ...
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Fortune's Daughter: A Novel

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Overview

"This novel's great strength lies in its two heroines, who both find themselves drawn, without plans, hopes or full understanding, into the inevitably mythological process of pregnancy and childbirth....It is beautifully and matter-of-factly told."
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Rae, unmarried and pregnant is alone. Lila is older, happily married, a fortune-teller and unable to cease mourning for the baby she was forced to give up for adoption many years ago. They meet in Southern California during the earthquake season—the time when unexpected things happen. Here is Alice Hoffman's beautiful and haunting novel of love and loneliness—and of two women whose lives and fortunes gradually become intertwined.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449209769
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/12/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.76 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    unexpected tribute to motherhood

    Hoffman is never sappy, yet her lyrical writing and flawed characters usually leave me sobbing. I've wanted to have the last paragraph of this book reproduced, framed, and given to every mother I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    Love Hoffman, but not this story!

    Alice Hoffman has to be one of my favorite authors, but I was disappointed by this story. Although it is beautifully written, and the characters are wonderful, it just stops. There is constant disappointment with the lives of the characters. You spend most of the book wanting a woman to find the child she gave up, and when she finally does look for the baby, you are given enormous disappointment. I do not think I would recommend this book to friends.

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