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Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman

Seventh Heaven (1990)

by Alice Hoffman

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Seventh Heaven is far from a seventh heaven. In late 1950s' suburban America it's all important that whatever you do, you do not stand out. People living in houses that all look the same, acting the same. When Nora Silk moves in, a recently divorced mother-of-two she's looked upon with the greatest possible suspicion. And slowly the rest of the street learns that her difference is not necessarily a bad thing.

The 1950s in this book gave me the creeps, to be honest. Or, perhaps it was the suburbia, I can't really tell. The story moves around a lot to the different persons living in Hemlock street, all with their own problems. Some were more interesting to read than others though. The overall story was quite interesting but a bit weird at times. I understand that Nora is very different from the other people in the street, but would she really influence them all so much? I don't know.

I might try some other books by Alice Hoffman in the future.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  Floratina | Sep 7, 2015 |
Dark and sad, and a little heartbreaking. Not what I usually feel when reading an Alice Hoffman novel. ( )
  bookczuk | Jun 7, 2014 |
Nora ( )
  hammockqueen | Jul 4, 2013 |
Set in a 1950's Stepford community of apple pie baking stay at home moms and fathers who are the kings of their castles a divorcee with two young boys buys a falling down house and changes the community. The first thing she does when they move in is to bake a batch of cookies. Can you imagine that being your first step on moving in to a new house, before you unpack anything else? Nora's quite the renegade. There's a bit of magic, a little sexuality, confused children, confused parents, and a lot of soul searching. Just the thing to read when you think life is too much. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Aug 13, 2012 |
Seventh Heaven is Alice Hoffman’s 9th stand-alone novel and tells the story of when attractive divorcee Nora Silk came to live in Hemlock Street, Long Island with 8 year-old Billy and baby James. Set in the late ‘50s, it captures the dispiriting feeling of suburbia. As a divorced woman, Nora found her presence posed a threat and prevented her from being part of the community. The story is told from several different characters’ perspectives. Hoffman gives us beautiful prose and evocative descriptions that bring the reader right into the moment, even if it is occasionally not such a pleasant one. When Hoffman writes, the reader feels all the anxiety, fear, frustration, joy, sorrow and wonder that her characters feel. I really enjoyed the incongruity of a brilliant butterfly like Nora selling Tupperware to the oppressed moths of suburbia. I loved this novel. ( )
  CloggieDownunder | Mar 16, 2012 |
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To Jake and Zachary, to Ross and Jo Ann, to Carol DeKnight, to Sherry Hoffman, to my grandfather, Michael Hoffman, with love; And to the memory of Houdini
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Late in August, three crows took up residence in the chimney of the corner house on Hemlock Street.
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In the summer of 1959 Nora SIlk moves into a quiet suburb on Long Island with her two young sons, a collection of Elvis records and a marked absence of a husband. Her glamour and cheerfully chaotic ways immediately arouse the suspicions of the neighbourhood where life runs acording to two rules - 'mind your own business and keep up your lawn'. Seventh Heaven is a lyrical, optimistic novel of yearning and desire; 'this writer can cut through to the true magic and true grit underneath'.
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Nora Silk doesn’t really fit in on Hemlock Street, where every house looks the same. She's divorced. She wears a charm bracelet and high heels and red toreador pants. And the way she raises her kids is a scandal. But as time passes, the neighbors start having second thoughts about Nora. The women’s apprehension evolves into admiration. The men’s lust evolves into awe. The children are drawn to her in ways they can't explain. And everyone on this little street in 1959 Long Island seems to sense the possibilities and perils of a different kind of future when they look at Nora Silk...This extraordinary novel by the author of The River King and Local Girls takes us back to a time when the exotic both terrified and intrigued us, and despite our most desperate attempts, our passions and secrets remained as stubbornly alive as the weeds in our well-trimmed lawns. 

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Nora is ahead of her time. A single mother in 1950s suburbia, she's strong, sexy, passionate, and mysterious. Everyone in town is touched by her, and in the mirror of her magnetism, people see themselves as never before. With Nora's courageous image before them, they begin to ask themselves questions they had never asked -- finding answers they had never dared to imagine....… (more)

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