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Her first novel--now in trade paperback.

In this, the book that launched a major literary career, Alice Hoffman introduces us to a lonely outsider who wants desperately to belong. As she determinedly tries to become the "property of" a local gang's brooding leader, she will discover what can, and cannot, be possessed--and what can happen when you hand your heart over to a ...
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Overview

Her first novel--now in trade paperback.

In this, the book that launched a major literary career, Alice Hoffman introduces us to a lonely outsider who wants desperately to belong. As she determinedly tries to become the "property of" a local gang's brooding leader, she will discover what can, and cannot, be possessed--and what can happen when you hand your heart over to a man who claims to care nothing about love.

Alice Hoffman is the author of eleven other novels.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Like Anne Tyler, Hoffman spins a story enchantingly, with the undeniable force and vividness of a dream.” –Ms.

“She is a born storyteller.” –Entertainment Weekly

“A reader is in good hands with Alice Hoffman, able to count on many pleasures. She is one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists.” –Jane Smiley, USA Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425174357
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice  Hoffman

Alice Hoffman’s most recent novel is The Third Angel.  She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York City.

Biography

Born in the 1950s to college-educated parents who divorced when she was young, Alice Hoffman was raised by her single, working mother in a blue-collar Long Island neighborhood. Although she felt like an outsider growing up, she discovered that these feelings of not quite belonging positioned her uniquely to observe people from a distance. Later, she would hone this viewpoint in stories that captured the full intensity of the human experience.

After high school, Hoffman went to work for the Doubleday factory in Garden City. But the eight-hour, supervised workday was not for her, and she quit before lunch on her first day! She enrolled in night school at Adelphi University, graduating in 1971 with a degree in English. She went on to attend Stanford University's Creative Writing Center on a Mirrellees Fellowship. Her mentor at Stanford, the great teacher and novelist Albert Guerard, helped to get her first story published in the literary magazine Fiction. The story attracted the attention of legendary editor Ted Solotaroff, who asked if she had written any longer fiction. She hadn't -- but immediately set to work. In 1977, when Hoffman was 25, her first novel, Property Of, was published to great fanfare.

Since that remarkable debut, Hoffman has carved herself a unique niche in American fiction. A favorite with teens as well as adults, she renders life's deepest mysteries immediately understandable in stories suffused with magic realism and a dreamy, fairy-tale sensibility. (In a 1994 article for The New York Times, interviewer Ruth Reichl described the magic in Hoffman's books as a casual, regular occurrence -- "...so offhand that even the most skeptical reader can accept it.") Her characters' lives are transformed by uncontrollable forces -- love and loss, sorrow and bliss, danger and death.

Hoffman's 1997 novel Here on Earth was selected as an Oprah Book Club pick, but even without Winfrey's powerful endorsement, her books have become huge bestsellers -- including three that have been adapted for the movies: Practical Magic (1995), The River King (2000), and her YA fable Aquamarine (2001).

Hoffman is a breast cancer survivor; and like many people who consider themselves blessed with luck, she believes strongly in giving back. For this reason, she donated her advance from her 1999 short story collection Local Girls to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA.

Good To Know

  • Hoffman has written a number of children's books, including Fireflies: A Winter's Tale(1999), Horsefly (2000), and Moondog (2004).

  • Aquamarine was written for Hoffman's best friend, Jo Ann, who dreamed of the freedom of mermaids as she battled brain cancer.

  • Here on Earth is a modern version of Hoffman's favorite novel, Wuthering Heights.

  • Hoffman has been honored with the Massachusetts Book Award for her teen novel Incantation.
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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
      2. Website:

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    • Posted December 2, 2011

      A few flaws

      I really liked this book. I couldn't even put it down! I loved the world Hoffman presented which was a New York underground of heroine, loose girls, and gangs. I loved the situations the characters were in and there really was no dull moment

      The problem I had however was the development of the minor characters. The main characters were really good. But The Property and The Orphans hardly made an impact of the stories. It's a shame to because their intro does leave the reader wanting more. Oh, and you will definitely end up hating McKay and want to slap the main girls face silly.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 13, 2002

      A Book with Potential ! ! !

      This book was violent and risky. It was very descriptive how life is for a Gang. As you got through the book, you can feel the happiness, pain, and hoplessness the narrator went through just to impress one boy.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 19, 2001

      Almost addicting...I couldn't put it down!!!!!!

      Alice Hoffman is awesome! I was tied down to the book until I finished the last page. I felt as if I was right there w/ the main character- feeling sad, happy, free, numb, etc. I can't wait to read another book by her!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 16, 2001

      Intriguing, draws reader in

      I loved this book. Even though I have never experimented with drugs or anything, I could feel everything the reader was going through. The book absolutely drew me in.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 12, 2001

      property of was the best i have read in a long time

      this book was just okay when it stared out but when i got to the third chapeter i could not put it down and i stayed up late every night so i could just finsh what would happen to that poor girl thought the book i thought it was the greatest book yet

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