A modern chronicle of a marriage and a bittersweet exploration of an extraordinary passion from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic.
Beginning on the night of the Grand Illumination, a festival of lanterns held each summer on Martha’s Vineyard, Illumination Night follows the lives of a young blond giant who is as beautiful as he is frightening; an old woman at the end of her life whose last mission is to save her granddaughter’s soul; a family torn apart by a wife’s fears and a husband’s unrealized desires—and the high school girl who comes to Martha’s Vineyard against her will, who steals husbands and cars, and who will bring everyone together in a web of yearning, sin, and ultimate redemption. Both riveting and reflective, this is a story of “parenthood and friendship, self-protection and generosity, dream and disillusionment” (Newsday) that brings to light the talent that has made Alice Hoffman an acclaimed bestselling author.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Date of Birth:March 16, 1952
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this novel, Ms. Hoffman crafts a story of the ordinary lives of several Martha's Vineyard inhabitants with grace and a loving hand. You empathize with every single one of the central characters here. A wonderful story about the human spirit and its ability to either plunge one into despair or soar one triumphantly to a plain of self-contentment. Well worth reading.
Alice Hoffman's writing is magical. As long as she keeps writing, I will keep reading. ~*~LEB~*~
I wish I had know what writing style I was letting myself in for when I started this book. I hate books that unanswered questions in my mind. I wanted to throw it across the room when I finished it.