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From Barnes & Noble"Book clubs, take note: in Here On Earth, her fantastic new novel about a mother's bittersweet trip home, the mistress of magical realism conjures up a world with shadowy undercurrents.... Oprah Winfrey, have I got a novel for you.... Here On Earth is Oprah lit at its finest, and I mean that as very high praise." --Entertainment Weekly
For more than 20 years, New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman has been writing stories that have touched the hearts of her legions of fans. Now, with her 12th novel, Here On Earth, Hoffman explores the hidden passions that lurk in suburban Massachusetts and the damaging results love can have.
After nearly two decades of living on the West Coast, March Murray, along with her feisty teenage daughter, Gwen, returns to her hometown in Massachusetts. She returns to attend the funeral of Judith Dale, the housekeeper who helped raised her. However, by returning to this sleepy suburb, she is reunited with Hollis, March's former soul mate and lover. Hollis was an abandoned child who March's father had taken in as a teenager and treated like a son. When Hollis left after a fight, March waited every day for three years for him to return, wondering what had gone wrong. Now she has been reunited with her long-lost love.
By encountering Hollis, March becomes painfully aware of the choices that she has made in life as well as the choices everyone around her has made -- including Judith Dale and March's brother Alan. March learns that Judith knew a lot more about love than she could have ever suspected. And Alan, who always resented Hollis's presence and was painfully malicious to him, has been left grief-stricken, with alcohol as his only solace.
March soon realizes that her attraction to Hollis has not died, and that she still has an overwhelming attraction to the onetime abandoned child, who is now a millionaire. March jeopardizes her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, and her own happiness in one final attempt to reclaim the past. Glamour magazine writes, "March quickly becomes obsessed with her long-lost love, Hollis, a bitter and difficult man whom March believes she alone understands. That big trouble will ensue seems all but inevitable. But Hoffman's taste for melodrama is balanced here by her uncanny ability to imbue even the most recognizable situations with supernatural vividness -- an unpredictable touch of magic that is this author's calling card."