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Illumination Night (1987)

by Alice Hoffman

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The plot takes a back seat in this languid, dreamlike tale that perfectly captures the passions and fears of Martha’s Vineyard neighbors. Especially striking are the descriptions of teenage Jody’s ambivalent emotions and her first love with the island’s most reclusive inhabitant.

I think many readers will be disappointed with the slice-of-life style, preferring something with a more proactive plot and story resolution.
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
ok @ diff. people on M. Vineyard

Vonny lives on the island of Martha's Vineyard with her husband Andre and son Simon. Their neighbour Elizabeth, a woman in her seventies, falls from an upstairs window and her granddaughter Jody is summoned to nurse her through her convalescence.
  christinejoseph | Feb 27, 2016 |
This book has the kinds of characters you fall immediately in love with, from the rebellious teenage girl, to her elderly grandmother, the sullen motorcycle enthusiast and his tiny four year old son who just can't grow fast enough and his mother who has severe anxiety issues. Every character is someone you want to know. Every character is beautifully created and woven into the story. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
"Simon can hear the sound of pine cones hitting the ground, or bones breaking" (p 4). You know you are in for a wild ride when you read that early-in-the-book sentence because, at that moment you haven't learned that Simon, at age four, has just heard the result of woman trying to fly. There are so many things you don't know...yet. I should also add that Illumination Night is a really fast read. I read the first 80 pages before coming up for air. My entire lunch break flew by without my eyes lifting from the page once. Alice Hoffman is one of those authors that can suck you into a story within the first few sentences. Once you are hooked you can't escape the story or the characters. This is a story of relationships. A grandmother, trying to understand her 16 year old granddaughter. They live next door to a married couple trying to live with their insecurities and unmet desires. All of the characters become entangled with one another when the teenager sets her sights on seducing the husband. And then, this part sounds like the punchline to a joke, a giant walks into the picture...Seriously, this is a simply beautiful story about relationships, the ones with healing and faith in them. ( )
1 vote SeriousGrace | Mar 19, 2014 |
Probably not Hoffman's best work compared to the other novels I've read from her, but still an absolutely wonderful journey into the lives of unique characters whose intersections and effects are a fascinating worthwhile read. As ever, the characters are both believable and unique, with voices that resonate long after each page is turned. In the end, I admit that I wanted slightly more resolution, but Hoffman's work is nearly pitch perfect for the story and the problems she paints within. Recommended. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Nov 24, 2012 |
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Beginning on the night of the Grand Illumination, a festival of lanterns held each summer on Martha’s Vineyard, this novel is a modern chronicle of a marriage and a bittersweet exploration of an extraordinary passion. Illumination Night follows the lives of a young blond giant who is as beautiful as he is frightening; an old woman at the end of her life whose last mission is to save her granddaughter’s soul; a family torn apart by a wife’s fears and a husband’s unrealized desires—and the high school girl who comes to Martha’s Vineyard against her will, who steals husbands and cars, and who will bring everyone together in a web of yearning, sin, and ultimate redemption. Both riveting and reflective, this is a story of “parenthood and friendship, self-protection and generosity, dream and disillusionment” (Newsday) that brings to light the talent that has made Alice Hoffman an acclaimed bestselling author.

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A group of people on Martha's Vineyard are brought together in a web of yearning, sin, eroticism, and ultimate redemption.

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