Fortune's Daughter

Fortune's Daughter

by Alice Hoffman


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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic comes an “intimate, lovely novel”(People) about two mothers whose lives are on the brink of life-altering change.

Rae Perry is young, unmarried, and far from home as she awaits the birth of her first child accompanied by the angry, moody man she's loved since high school. Lila Grey is a fortune-teller with no interest in the future, a mother who lost her daughter long ago on a cold, cold day. Now, as these two women meet, it is earthquake weather in California—when animals panic, friends and lovers quarrel, ice cubes dissolve in the palm of your hand. It is a time when things are in the air, and the unexpected happens. For Rae and Lila, it will mean the sudden intertwining of their lives and fates—as each makes a bid to change her fortune forever...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425168707
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 628,706
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, Practical MagicThe Marriage of OppositesThe Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on EarthThe Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

March 16, 1952

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974

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Fortune's Daughter 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
bastet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A strange book, but my first introduction to Alice Hoffman, my favorite author.
turnthepage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rae Perry is a twenty-five year old woman who has spent her young adult years trying to hang on to her irresponsible, self-centered and restless boyfriend. When she finds herself pregnant and alone in the midst of a California heatwave during "earthquake weather" she seeks out the residence of Lila Grey on Three Sisters street whose address she'd gotten from a business card. As a fortune teller, Lila has little interest in seeing into the future - hers or anyone elses, but her knowledge of Rae's pregnancy unsettles her as it has so many times when other pregnant women come to her. These women bring back memories of her own painful past and Rae, especially, reminds her of what it is like to be pregnant with no one to turn to for help.The lives of these two women intertwine in a story that is beautifully written in sparing prose. The gentle unfolding of events and the loving attention to ordinary lives is reminiscent of Anne Tyler novels. However, Fortune's Daughter has an almost surreal quality, as if the two women have been half-asleep or waiting for something that they could not name. At its core, this is a story about women gathering the courage to become more than the sum of their haunted longings and learning how to let go of the past. A pleasure to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read many books by Alice Hoffman and for the most part have enjoyed them. This book was a definite disappointment for me. By the time I finally finished the book, I really didn't care how it turned out. I just wanted to be done.
anonomas More than 1 year ago
Pretty good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago