Second Nature

Second Nature

by Alice Hoffman


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A suburban woman discovers her own wild spirit in this “suspenseful...dark, romantic meditation on what it means to be human”(The New Yorker) from the bestselling author of The Rules of Magic.

Robin Moore, coping with a divorce and a troubled teen-aged son, impulsively rescues a strange man from a psychiatric ward—a beautiful, uncivilized innocent who has been raised in the wilderness and possesses no more sophistication than a child. But when she brings him home to her perfectly ordered neighborhood, the events that follow cause Robin to question her wisdom and doubt her own heart—and, ultimately, to change all of her ideas about love and humanity.

“Her richest and wisest, as well as her boldest, novel to date.”—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425161630
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 878,745
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(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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Second Nature 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
MarieHammond More than 1 year ago
I love any book written by Jodi Piccoult. She says she reads everything that Alice Hoffman writes, so I wanted to see what was go great about this author. I selected this book to read because it looked interesting. The premise of the story is good, and it kept me engaged. The idea that a man was raised by wolves and then is entered back into society was compelling. I loved the main character because he saw man in society with no filter. As a result, he saw things in a very honest way. However, I was not very pleased with the end and had hoped for something more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel alittle cheated because I never found out what happened to Stephen or did it say and I missed it? I was really into the book and then I seen only a few pages left, what happened to the characters after Stephen left. And what happened to Stephen? Did he ever come back? Will there be another book?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Alice Hoffman novel, and it will probably be my last. I didn't get attached to any of the characters, all the relationships were based on lust, the plot was way too unrealistic to be feasible (how could he be completely normal within such a short span of time), and at the end I was just like, 'that's it?' I really didn't enjoy it very much. But I seem to be the only one, so maybe it's just Hoffman's style that I don't like.
lorsomething on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story, compelling and poignant! Great imagination!
bohemiangirl35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first Alice Hoffman novel.I picked it up because I read an interview where Jodi Picoult said Hoffman was one of her favorite authors. Although it was an easy read and the first few pages hooked me, I quickly lost interest and never cared about the characters. It took me a month to finish it.
bookheaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Haunting, well written novel.
Camethyste on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really good story, though at times I wondered where it was going. On top of that, it was really sad, and didn't have the happy ending I was hoping for. It did end better than I expected.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy Alice Hoffman, but had put this one aside because the premise is so unbelievable. I mean, a man raised by wolves? But I was looking for something else yesterday and saw several reviews from readers I respect, so dug it out. And it is quite enjoyable, and a frankly 'nice' tale to wile away a few stress-free hours. I love a challenging read and history of any sort, but the closer it gets to the holidays, the more I need simplicity. Thank you, Alice Hoffman, for giving us a book here and there that lets us believe if only until the five o'clock news that all I could be right with the world. I'm going to dig out Turtle Moon and Practical Magic, both of which I adored, to read again. Who says the holidays have to be hard?
Coyotedreamer More than 1 year ago
Alice Hoffman writes magical realism, Her characters are dark, interesting, complex and romantic. I love her stories, this one in particular. 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Alice never fails to satisfy. I did not want to put this book down. The characters are real and familiar. I just love Alice's style!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not person that likes to read for the most part, but i picked up this book at work and could not put it down. It was a wonderful and enchanting story that heightens the senses. Alice Hoffman is a truely gifted writter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a moving story, with great character development and a plot that made me stay up really late at night to see what happens next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book during air travel and was so moved I couldn't control my tears in public.It remains one of the most stirring novels I have experienced. Not light-hearted but definitly a treat.