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Skylight Confessions

by Alice Hoffman

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This book's title comes from the spectacular glass house which is almost like a separate character with a pull on its occupants. I feel this novel is a fairy-tale for adults. It even has the evil stepmother in its cast of characters! It's about family relationships through three generations. There is plenty of grief and many heartbreaking scenes. The characters are well-developed as we read about life's complications as family members try to connect.

It held my interest throughout even though it was a downer at times. Reading about a teenage boy who is addicted to drugs made me so sad. Alice Hoffman has a way of magically pulling you in and making you intrigued with her characters even when you don't particularly like them. It's evident that Ms. Hoffman is a distinguished writer and I plan to read more of her work. ( )
  pegmcdaniel | Feb 10, 2017 |
Alice Hoffman's "Skylight Confessions" is a multi-generation novel that is surprisingly short, a ghost story that doesn't give goosebumps, a love story in which the dominant emotions are hate and resentment, and a fairy tale that is all too real. In other words, this is not your ordinary novel.

It begins when a recently orphaned teenage girl, Arlyn, decides the next man she sees is the one she will marry. That man is an aspiring young architect named John Moody, who does marry Arlyn but remains resentful ever after. They have two children, Sam and Blanca, before Arlyn's untimely death. They live in a spectacular house made of glass, the Glass Slipper. They shouldn't throw stones, but everyone does, it seems.

Hoffman's attention then turns to Meredith, a young woman hired to mind the two children and who, like John, can see Arlyn's ghost following him everywhere. Though she cares deeply for Sam, her devotion cannot prevent his becoming hopelessly addicted to drugs and eventually running away.

The third section of the novel puts the focus on Blanca, now grown up and living unhappily in London. She returns home after her father dies and learns some surprising secrets from his will.

I usually hate it when authors turn mystical and slip the supernatural into their novels, but I always seem to like Alice Hoffman best when she does that very thing. "Skylight Confessions," while by no means her best work, pleased me very much. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Jun 9, 2016 |
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On the day of her father’s death 17 year-old Arlyn Singer promises to fall in love with the first man that walks through the door, which appears to happen when a lost John Moody, a Yale senior, enters her home seeking directions. However, as often is the case, fairy tales end. Shortly after the marriage, Sam Moody, the love of her life, is born providing meaning to her life, especially since her marriage may have been a mistake. When Sam is six, she begins an affair with a window washer while her husband seeks comfort with the next door neighbor. Shortly after the birth of her second child, Blanca, she is diagnosed with cancer and dies. The story of this fractured family is told throughout the years by several voices, including the 16 year old, heroin addicted, Sam; Meredith, the nanny hired by the father to meet the emotional needs of the Sam and Blanca; a 20-something Blanca, now a owner of a children’s bookstore in France; and John, who is now remarried to the next door neighbor but still haunted by Arlyn’s ghost. Although more realism than Ms. Hoffman’s traditional magical realism, this poignant and lyrical novel of a fractured family is a must read for Alice Hoffman fans. ( )
  John_Warner | Jan 19, 2016 |
First off, let me note that Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors. I'm slowly getting through her dozens of books. This book is twisted, but not something I was surprised to see from Hoffman. Picture Flannery O'Connor on happy pills and you almost have this novel (O'Connor may be a stretch for this comparison). ( )
  AnigL | Mar 23, 2015 |
When Arlie is still young, she marries John. John felt he was pushed into the marriage and really isn't interested. He's still not interested when Sam arrives. Unfortunately, Arlie passes away only a few short months after having Blanca. The rest of the story follows the rest of the family.

It was ok. Not a whole lot happened and there were times I lost interest (I was listening to the audio), but it was ok. ( )
  LibraryCin | Feb 23, 2014 |
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From CD Cover: "On the night her father dies, Arlyn is certain that the man she is meant to be with will walk into her life. But fate seems to be playing a trick when John Moody knocks on her door to ask for directions. Cool, practical, and deliberate, John is dreamy Arlyn's polar opposite. Yet the two are drawn powerfully together even when it is clear they are bound to bring each other grief. Their marriage is dangerous territory, tracing a map no one should follow. It leads them and their children to a house made of glass in the Connecticut countryside, to the rooftops and avenues of Manhattan, and to the blue waters of Long Island Sound, all in a search for family and identity.

Walking this path of ruin and redemption are Sam, their son, a brilliant, explosive artist who is drawn to self-destruction and dreams; Blanca, the beautiful loner who tries desperately to protect her brother from his destiny and lives her own life in a world of books; and Will, the grandson, who is left a legacy of broken pieces he needs to put together, an emotional and mysterious puzzle made up of people who don't know the first thing about love."
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Writing at the height of her powers, Alice Hoffman conjures three generations of a family haunted by love.
     Cool, practical, and deliberate, John is dreamy Arlyn's polar opposite. Yet the two are drawn powerfully together even when it is clear they are bound to bring each other grief. Their difficult marriage leads them and their children to a house made of glass in theConnecticut countryside, to the avenues of Manhattan, and to the blue waters of Long Island Sound. Glass breaks, love hurts, and families make their own rules. Ultimately, it falls to their grandson, Will, to solve the emotional puzzle of his family and of his own identity.

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"Arlyn Singer believes in destiny and in love. On the night her father dies, Arlyn is certain that the man she is meant to be with will walk into her life. But fate seems to be playing a trick when John Moody knocks on her door to ask for directions. Cool, practical, and deliberate, John is dreamy Arlyn's polar opposite. Yet the two are drawn powerfully together even when it is clear they are bound to bring each other grief. Their marriage is dangerous territory, tracing a map no one should follow. It leads them and their children to a house made of glass in the Connecticut countryside, to the rooftops and avenues of Manhattan, and to the blue waters of Long Island Sound all in a search for family and identity." "Walking this path of ruin and redemption are Sam, their son, a brilliant, explosive artist who is drawn to self-destruction and dreams; Blanca, the beautiful loner who tries desperately to protect her brother from his destiny and lives her own life in a world of books; and Will, the grandson, who is left a legacy of broken pieces he needs to put together, an emotional and mysterious puzzle made up of people who don't know the first thing about love."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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