Turtle Moon

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Turtle Moon transports the listener to Verity, Florida, a place where anything can happen during the month of May, when migrating sea turtles come to town, mistaking the glow of the streetlights for the moon.

A young single mother is murdered in her apartment and her baby is gone. Keith, a 12-year-old boy in the same apartment building - the self-styled "meanest boy" in town - also disappears. In pursuit of the baby, the boy and the killer, are Keith's divorced mother and a cop ...

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Overview

Turtle Moon transports the listener to Verity, Florida, a place where anything can happen during the month of May, when migrating sea turtles come to town, mistaking the glow of the streetlights for the moon.

A young single mother is murdered in her apartment and her baby is gone. Keith, a 12-year-old boy in the same apartment building - the self-styled "meanest boy" in town - also disappears. In pursuit of the baby, the boy and the killer, are Keith's divorced mother and a cop who himself was once considered the meanest boy in town. Their search leads them down the humid byways of a Florida populated almost exclusively by people from somewhere else; emotional refugees seeking sanctuary along the swampy coast.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Combining aspects of a suspense thriller and a romance, and including such surefire elements as an abandoned baby, a youngster on the verge of juvenile delinquency who is reformed, two dogs and a supernatural character who provides the requisite touch of fantasy, Hoffman's new novel has commercial success written all over it. But some readers will fail to find the enchantment provided in such previous works as Illumination Night and Seventh Heaven . The town of Verity, Fla., starts to steam up in May, when the humidity and temperature soar. Among the things readers must accept is the dreadful, oppressive May heat; one is tempted to ask, if it's so unbearable in May, how do people live through the summer? Verity is full of divorcees, and when one of them is murdered, Keith Rosen, ``Verity's meanest 12-year-old,'' finds her baby, who was in fact the object of an aborted kidnapping, and runs away, instinctively hiding the threatened child. This development brings together Keith's divorced mother, Lucy, and the town's surly policeman, Julian Cash, a loner with a tragedy in his past. Despite the murder and a stalking assassin, this is really a fairy tale: Keith bonds with the baby and tames a vicious dog ``No one has ever known him the way this dog does''; a ghost/angel falls in love and brings redemption to Julian, and several people begin new lives. Hoffman lards her slick plot with ponderously sentimental observations, the kind of bromides that could be embroidered on a pillow. But she knows how to manipulate suspense and tug the heartstrings; with its cinematic flow and larger-than-life characters, her novel will make a wonderful movie. BOMC main selection; QPB alternate; film rights to Universal. May
Kirkus Reviews
A mix of murder and magic in the Florida sunshine as only Hoffman (Seventh Heaven, 1990, etc.) could conjure it. Verity, Florida, once known for live alligators, is now better known for alligator salads (a mix of spinach, peppers, avocado and chopped eggs, tinted green), as well as for having more divorced women from New York than any other town in the state of Florida. Lucy Rosen is one of those women. She has recently moved to Verity, and what she doesn't know yet is that in May, when the turtles come out and crawl across the roads, anything can happen. People go crazy. Dogs bite. Ficus hedges burst into flame. This particular May, a woman in Lucy's condo complex is murdered, her baby is missing, and Lucy's own son, Keith, has vanished as well. With the assistance of Julian Cash, a reclusive Verity policeman, Lucy sets out to find out who committed the murder and what has become of the missing children. The fact that the ultimate resolution of these mysteries is only partly plausible doesn't really matter in the end. Because Hoffman's strength is that she deals in dreams. She knows all about the everyday things that defy simple explanations—lovers who suddenly turn cold, turtles who mistake streetlights for the moon. The Florida she paints here is not the one promoted by any chamber of commerce. With a climate that is both mesmerizing and malignant, it is a place where dragonflies' wings catch fire and strangler plums drop down from trees, leaving dents in parked cars. It is a place where rattlesnakes crawl into telephone booths and angels lurk outside the Burger King. It's a place where anything might happen. And, naturally, it does. Pure Hoffman: her take on the tropicsis haunting, hypnotic, and hot as a fever dream. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for June)
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Welcome to Verity, Florida--a bizarre & mysterious place where transplanted New Yorker Lucy Rosen and her son are determined to start a new life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425161289
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 335,822
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of nearly twenty acclaimed novels beloved by teens and adults, including Aquamarine and Practical Magic, both made into major motion pictures, as well as The Foretelling, Green Angel, The Ice Queen, and Here on Earth (an Oprah Book Club selection). She has also written the highly praised story collections Local Girls and Blackbird House. The author lives outside of Boston.

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 August 25, 2013

      Turtle Moon is the tenth stand-alone novel by American author, A

      Turtle Moon is the tenth stand-alone novel by American author, Alice Hoffman. Verity, Florida is a town that is home to an unusual number of divorced women, and Lucy Rosen is just one of them. It is also a place where the heat in May causes a sort of madness that makes people do things they may later regret. When Lucy’s neighbour, Karen Wright is found murdered in her apartment, Lucy soon finds herself involved in the investigation: her twelve-year-old son Keith is missing, along with Karen’s fourteen-month-old daughter. Julian Cash, a forbidding policeman with a fierce German shepherd, sees through Lucy’s attempts to protect her son. But it’s mad May and he also finds it difficult to keep his hands off Lucy. This enchanting Hoffman offering has an original plot that somehow includes a high school reunion, a murder, an apparent kidnapping and tracker dogs; it has a cast of wonderful characters including an angel, a remarkable foster mother, and a troubled teen. Hoffman conveys the feel of this unique town with consummate ease: the Florida heat is almost palpable. Jodi Picoult has said that Alice Hoffman is her favourite writer, and it is easy Hoffman’s influence in her work. Just magical.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 5, 2009

      I Also Recommend:

      Turtle Moon

      I read this book based on another author's recommendation. I thought the book was good, but not outstanding. Since reading Turtle Moon, I have read other books by Alice Hoffman that I have enjoyed more, such as Here on Earth and Local Girls.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 17, 2014

      Sry res changed AGAIN so go to res two for chat room

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      Posted July 8, 2014

      Bri's bio

      Hair:brown/blonde/red Personality:non popular shy not real pretty songwriter clarinet/guitar player Body: changes from slim to lil chubs Wearing:a shirt with no sleeves and running shorts Dating: Taylor (a boy) Fave color:blue.

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      Posted July 4, 2014

      To tanny

      Hi!!! Happy fourth!!!!! Love mac1202

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      Posted July 1, 2014

      To Mac1201 from the real Tanny

      Hello. I am here. Whats up?

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 4, 2014

      Excellent

      My 1st Alice Hoffman novel. Read it again a few years later. Still wonderful. Read several more by Alice Hoffman. She creates amazing characters and sets each scene so well.

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      Posted September 1, 2013

      STALLION STABLE

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      Posted February 8, 2013

      Jonah

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      Posted July 9, 2012

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 5, 2012

      great read

      another great story from Alice Hoffman....enjoyed her free moving story line and reminders of love found and love lost. Am now reading the The Dovekeepers and I think this is the best she has ever done....Bravo !!

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    • Posted May 19, 2011

      One of the most memorable stories I've ever read!! Full of everything!

      My friend handed me this book 15 years ago and said "this is just the neatest book I ever read!" NEAT?? Well, 15 years later, still one of my favorites! Love this easy read with rich characters and plenty of twists and pace!

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    • Posted August 31, 2009

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      Beautiful Turtle Moon

      This book is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, as is everything Alice Hoffman has ever written. I found myself reading aloud just to savor the richness of her language --- it's like the best dark chocolate you can buy.

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    • Posted April 5, 2009

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      Alice Hoffman..what more can I say? I love her work!

      This book was another enthralling Alice Hoffman read. As always, I could not put down her book. I recommend anything written by her.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 2, 2005

      Bravo!!

      A really good, interesting book that is fast and easy to read. It will pull you right in!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 26, 2005

      One of my favorite Hoffman titles...

      No one writes like Alice Hoffman! A Hoffman read always lifts me up out of my reality and places me in another realm, somewhere between what is and what would be. Alice never disappoints.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 6, 2002

      This book rocks!

      Hey Trish, don't I have you on my MSN?! lol What a coincidence, anyway, to make a long review short, this book is a very well composed piece of literary work. My hat goes off to Alice Hoffman and her writing skills. Never have I read a book where a character gets laid three times, thanks for the slice of maturity Alice. >:)

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 24, 2002

      Excellent

      This book was really amazing, this is my second Alice Hoffman book, and i plan to read many more. Alice Hoffman leaves me in tears, even at the simplest line. A must read.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 26, 2001

      A Sister from A.C.

      A Great book, just read it last night.Everyone should read this book.

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