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The New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic presents a “stunning and hypnotic” novel that “interweaves past and present with piercing images and unfailing energy”(Publishers Weekly).
On a secluded waterfront estate on the North Shore of Long Island, a matriarch named Esther rules over her clan. But in spite of her sharp tongue and manipulative ways, she cannot quite keep control over her charges. Her son, Philip, routinely tries to drown himself each summer; her granddaughter sneaks cigarettes and dreams of escape. Esther has hired Cohen, a Russian landscaper, to watch over the family as well as the grounds. But Cohen has been watching Esther as well. And his love for her is growing wild enough to uproot them all...
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.15(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.62(d)|
About the Author
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, Practical Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.
Date of Birth:March 16, 1952
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974
What People are Saying About This
"A triumph." —Los Angeles Times
"Absolutely magical...one of the best books I have ever read." —Chicago Sun-Times
"A superb novel." —John Irving
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've read other books by this author and this was my least favorite. It took a while to get going without ever getting a true path to where the story was headed