The Drowning Season

The Drowning Season

by Alice Hoffman


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The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425184752
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/02/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 960,147
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 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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"A triumph." —Los Angeles Times

"Absolutely of the best books I have ever read." —Chicago Sun-Times

"A superb novel." —John Irving

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The Drowning Season 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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