Illumination Night

Illumination Night

by Alice Hoffman


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ISBN-13: 9780425183267
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 491,254
Product dimensions: 5.11(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.67(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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Illumination Night 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alice Hoffman's writing is magical. As long as she keeps writing, I will keep reading. ~*~LEB~*~
sdunford on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Life and death and joy and pain. Hoffman deftly weaves her tapestry, affirming that life is often at its most beautiful when emotions are raw and close to the surface, and that when despite all we simply continue
bookworm12 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book gets a big fat MEH, from me. It¿s not horrible, it¿s just boring. I¿ve read and enjoyed some of Hoffman¿s other books, like Practical Magic and Blue Diary, so I thought I¿d try this one. The novel, set on Martha¿s Vineyard, introduces us to a variety of characters, but never really settles into a groove.One of the major problems is that Hoffman is trying to tell too many stories at once. First there¿s Vonny, who has issues with her rich father and is suffering from agoraphobia. Then we have her son Simon, who is far too small for his age, and her husband Andre, who is tempted to have an affair. Add to the mix, Elizabeth, an elderly neighbor with failing health, and her granddaughter Jody, a rebellious teen who moves in with her for the summer. But that¿s not all folks! There¿s also a giant, perhaps the most interesting character of the book, but we barely scratch the surface of his story. Throw that all together and try to connect the dots and you end up with a bit of a mess. In the end we aren¿t induced to care about any of the characters. Though some of the plot lines are interesting, we never get a chance to become invested in any of them. Skip this one and try another of her books if you¿re curious about her work.
bearette24 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I thought this was one of Alice Hoffman's weaker novels. It's about a disparate group of people on Martha's Vineyard. At times, the story was strong, but at other times, she just seemed detached from it, not fully engaged with the material. The giant subplot was not believable. However, I'm still going to read other books by her. It wasn't a stinker, it just wasn't one of her best.
CatieN on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Excellent writing with interesting characters. Elizabeth Renny is getting old and having "spells." Her granddaughter Jody has come to Martha's Vineyard to take care of her but is an angry, rebellious, sexually aggressive 16-year-old. Next door to Elizabeth is a young couple, Vonny and Andre, with issues of their own and a son who isn't growing. There is also a "giant" in the book who becomes involved with a couple of the characters. A haunting story and the author doesn't neatly tie up all the loose ends but does leave the reader with hope that the characters they have come to know and care about will survive and even thrive. Ms. Hoffman never disappoints.
hammockqueen on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Vonny and Andre have a son who is very small. Old Neighbor has her granddaughter Jody come to live and take care of her for a month. It becomes much longer and Jodi causes lost of problems, too much with the boys and flirts with Andre. There's a giant to match a giant story and some disaster as Jodi graduates, little Billy grows up a bit and Vonny has panic attacks that keep her home. The best description of panic leading to agrophoria that I've read. Good but not a 5.
milk_toast on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I enjoyed this novel. I wish it was longer and some of the characters were explored a little more thoroughly, like the Giant, for example. The character Vonny was extremely annoying for me, very whiney and codependant. Using Martha's Vineyard as the backdrop was a nice touch.
bastet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A woman plagued with agoraphobia learns to deal with the world in this beautifully written novel. The ending is simply magical.
iphigenie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was an enjoyable read but not my favorite by this author. It is a rather quiet story of real people full of contradictions and issues, and how they overlap, cross paths, evolve. Very introspective and human, very morally murky, and bittersweet.
piefuchs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
meh. Fast beach read. Did not find the characters too believable and hence did not get into the story.
dee_kohler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First book I read by my other favorite author - Alice Hoffman. Read it in Ogunquit one summer vacation. Still remember buying it at the little book store downtown (gone now) I was swept away with her magical characters.
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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.