White Horses

White Horses

by Alice Hoffman


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White Horses by Alice Hoffman

The acclaimed author of The Rules of Magic presents a “sexually charged...almost hypnotic”(Publishers Weekly) novel about men, women, romance, and real life.

When Teresa was a little girl, she went to sleep with dreams in her head—dreams of dark-eyed, fearless heroes on white horses who would sweep her away. Then men her mother told her about were a special breed, and someday, Teresa vowed, she would fins one of her own. But now, as the adult Teresa negotiates life and love, she begins to understand that fairy tales don't always come true—and that passion isn't always the stuff of dreams...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425170502
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,168,381
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(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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White Horses 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'White Horses' was my introduction to Alice Hoffman. Only in her skilled hands could such a dark subject be treated with such beauty and grace. Her sparkling descriptions and characterizations are pure magic. An achingly beautiful book about what happens when one tries to bridge the worlds of one's fantasy and the stark, painful reality of the real world. An absolute gem!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read other Alice Hoffman books that I really enjoyed. This was not one of them.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
White Horses by Alice Hoffman is a so-so novel of a highly dysfunctional family. This is one of Hoffman's early novels, first published in 1982, that displays her greatest gift: the ability to write incredibly descriptive lyrical prose while capturing an other-worldly magical essence. Teresa Connor comes from a family full of disappointments. Her parents, Dina and King now despise each other. Dina used to tell Teresa about the mythical Arias, dark-eyed, fearless cowboys on white horses. This was the kind of man Teresa should look for. But instead, Teresa is drawn to her reckless brother, Silver, a petty criminal and drug dealer who would sweep her away. Once Dina realized that sometimes kindness is a better quality to look for in a man, Teresa is already swept down a dangerous path. Enough has been said about the incest in this novel so I needn't elaborate on it, however that doesn't mean, no matter how it turns out, that I need to accept the premise as a good choice for a plot element. It's not. There were also several scenes of lightly skipped over unrealistic details that resulted in some eye rolls from me. The only thing that could make me finish the novel is the quality of Hoffman's writing and her descriptions, along with a general respect for her talent. So read this one if you appreciate good writing and can handle some truly bad scenes. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Open Road Media.
Piney10 More than 1 year ago
I was provided a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Although the prose was wonderful, I could not give this book more than a 3. I do find that Alice Hoffman's novels are erratic, some I really like, such as Faithful and The Dovekeepers, and others were just not as good, such as The Museum of Extraordinary Things. This novel fell into the latter category for a number of reasons. Apparently White Horses is a re-release; it was originally published in 1982. The subject matter is deeply troubling and hard to read. However, that is not the main reason I did not like it. Notwithstanding the topic, the plot was completely disjointed and failed to provide a realistic story line. It did not flow or really make any sense. Too many unexplained circumstances. With a better and more believable plot, the subject matter could have made a very powerful, yet troubling novel. As noted before, her use of language is at the top of her game. Too bad the story line was so disappointing. I do not see why this novel is being re-released. It would be better for Ms Hoffman to use her extraordinary talent for a new and better pursuit.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review. This was my first Alice Hoffman book, although I’ve been aware of her for years, and I came away from reading it with mixed emotions. The writing is lovely, lyrical at times. The characters weren’t particularly likable, fortunately I’m not a person who requires that in a standalone book. I wouldn’t call it an enjoyable read (the themes are rather dark), yet there was something compelling about it that kept me reading. Themes like the damage parents can unwittingly do to their children, and how do those children rise above that damage, are always interesting. But there’s a definite “ick” factor involved in one of the main threads of the book, and in the end that colored my overall view of it. I did enjoy the writing though, and without the ick factor I would’ve given it an additional star. It definitely left me interested in reading more of Alice Hoffman’s books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was depressing and gross. I finished it, just to see if Silver would be killed and do everyone a favor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I kept waiting for the story to take off. The entire book seemed like it was setting the stage for something that never happened. The underlying sub-plot of incest certainly should have been hinted at during the synopsis. It was unnecessary and diminished the already weak plot. I felt like it had been thrown in simply for shock value. I started skippng and skimming about halfway through, and had I anything else to read, I would have put it down and not picked it up again. Not her best effort by a long shot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to force myself to finish this book because I was disgusted with the incest relationship that was going on throughout the book. If you can get over the whole incest thing, then I suppose the rest of the book wasn't to bad.