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The Story Sisters: A Novel (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Alice Hoffman

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Title:The Story Sisters: A Novel
Authors:Alice Hoffman
Info:Three Rivers Press (2010), Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:2010, group read

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The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman (2009)

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Beautiful book, one of her best. I really enjoyed it. ( )
  LindsayCal | Feb 15, 2016 |
What starts out as a tightly bonded sisterhood sadly, and rapidly unravels. I found the story very bleak and very sad at times. Fortunately, all is not lost ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
What starts out as a tightly bonded sisterhood sadly, and rapidly unravels. I found the story very bleak and very sad at times. Fortunately, all is not lost ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Ev, the eldest of the three Story sisters, saves her youngest sister from a childhood trauma and suffers the consequence of that act of charity. She spirals down into an adolescent life of drugs and mental illness. Much of the remainder of the book is the story of her climb back into sanity. The other two sisters have their crosses to bear, especially the youngest who is trying to hold the family together. As typical with Hoffman's books, the pages are dusted with a smattering of magical realism. If you are a fan of Jodi Piccoult, you will love this book. ( )
  John_Warner | Jan 22, 2016 |
When I checked this book out of the library, the librarian said to me, "This is an author that you either love or hate." I wondered at this comment, reflecting on my prior readings of Alice Hoffman. You know, she is probably not quite as polarizing as the librarian thought, but she was definitely on the right track.

This book caught me quite by surprise. The themes and situations of the book were agonizing and heart wrenching. Sister against sister, rebellion against loving parents, lost loves, suicide, drug use, child rape. This book had it all. On the other hand, it also had love, compassion, honestly, loyalty, love found late in life, redemption, nurturing. There was, at the end, far more good than bad.

After all, isn't this what like itself is? You have much bad and you have much good. In the end, you just want the good to outweigh the bad. In this case, I was quite taken with the book. It was real life with no whitewash. The novel was honest, brutal, straightforward and beautiful.

I recommend this one. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
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In Alice Hoffman’s new novel, three long-haired sisters are stolen from their “faerie” family by mortals, stripped of their magic and given a false name. I could be wrong about that. That could be just a story the eldest sister tells her siblings...The last act grows a bit histrionic and narrative strands are over-tangled, then too neatly tied up, but Hoffman’s writing is so lovely and her female characters so appealing that it almost doesn’t matter. In the end, “The Story Sisters,” for all its magic realism, is about a family navigating through motherhood, sisterhood, daughterhood. It’s “Little Women” on mushrooms.

added by vancouverdeb | editNew York Times (Feb 6, 2011)
 
It's a rare year that doesn't bring a novel from Alice Hoffman, and those who follow this maddeningly uneven writer have learned to cast a wary eye on each new offering....The Story Sisters," actually, is In-Between Alice: excessive and over-determined but ultimately so moving that it overwhelms these faults.
 
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What people called the truth seemed worthless to her; what was it but a furtive, bruised story to convince yourself life was worth living.
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She wanted to say that she would have done anything to change what had happened, to bring back the people she loved; instead she said that once upon a time, in the heart of New York City, there was a boy who found a secret world, a place where ... loyalty was the most important trait of all.
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Three sisters deal with tragedy after the oldest, Elv, who was sexually abused by a stranger as a child, succumbs to drug addiction and a mental breakdown, the middle sister, Meg, falls ill, and the youngest, Claire, tries to cope with her feelings of guilt over what happened to Elv.
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From the New York Times Bestselling
Author of The Third Angel

Alice Hoffman’s previous novel, The Third Angel, was hailed as "an unforgettable portrait of the depth of true love" (USA Today), "stunning" (Jodi Picoult), and "spellbinding" (Miami Herald). Her new novel, The Story Sisters, charts the lives of three sisters–Elv, Claire, and Meg. Each has a fate she must meet alone: one on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth, a neighbor who is not who he appears to be, a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there, a detective who finds his heart’s desire, and a demon who will not let go.

What does a mother do when one of her children goes astray? How does she save one daughter without sacrificing the others? How deep can love go, and how far can it take you? These are the questions this luminous novel asks.

At once a coming-of-age tale, a family saga, and a love story of erotic longing, The Story Sisters sifts through the miraculous and the mundane as the girls become women and their choices haunt them, change them and, finally, redeem them. It confirms Alice Hoffman’s reputation as "a writer whose keen ear for the measure struck by the beat of the human heart is unparalleled" (The Chicago Tribune).

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Elv, Claire, and Meg are the Story Sisters, and each has a fate she must meet alone. One on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. At once a coming-of-age tale, a family saga, and a love story of erotic longing.… (more)

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