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Alice Hoffman

Author of Practical Magic

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About the Author

Alice Hoffman, an American novelist and screenwriter, was born in New York City on March 16, 1952. She earned a B.A. from Adelphi University in 1973 and an M.A. in creative writing from Stanford University in 1975 before publishing her first novel, Property Of, in 1977. Known for blending realism show more and fantasy in her fiction, she often creates richly detailed characters who live on society's margins and places them in extraordinary situations as she did with At Risk, her 1988 novel about the AIDS crisis. Her other works include The Drowning Season, Seventh Heaven, The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, The Ice Queen, and The Dovekeepers. Her book, The Third Angel, won the 2008 New England Booksellers' Award for fiction. Two of her novels, Practical Magic and Aquamarine, were made into films. She has also written numerous screenplays, including adaptations of her own novels and the original screenplay, Independence Day. Her title's The Museum of Exteaordinary Things, The Marriage of Opposites, Seventh Heaven, and The Rules of Magic made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic (1995) 5,792 copies
Here on Earth (1997) 3,132 copies
The Dovekeepers (2011) 2,997 copies
The Rules of Magic (2017) 2,557 copies
The Ice Queen (2005) 2,271 copies
The Probable Future (2003) 1,945 copies
The River King (2000) 1,700 copies
Turtle Moon (1992) 1,657 copies
Blackbird House (2004) 1,575 copies
Green Angel (2003) 1,552 copies
The Marriage of Opposites (2015) 1,497 copies
Blue Diary (2001) 1,454 copies
Magic Lessons (2020) 1,371 copies
The Red Garden (2011) 1,325 copies
Incantation (2006) 1,270 copies
The Third Angel (2008) 1,231 copies
Skylight Confessions (2007) 1,180 copies
The Story Sisters (2009) 1,129 copies
Seventh Heaven (1990) 1,085 copies
The World That We Knew (2019) 1,045 copies
Aquamarine (2001) 1,015 copies
Second Nature (1994) 996 copies
Faithful (2016) 977 copies
Local Girls (1999) 923 copies
The Book of Magic (2021) 805 copies
Indigo (2002) 802 copies
At Risk (1988) 781 copies
Illumination Night (1987) 764 copies
The Foretelling (2005) 656 copies
Fortune's Daughter (1986) 647 copies
Nightbird (2015) 485 copies
White Horses (1982) 418 copies
The Invisible Hour (2023) 417 copies
The Drowning Season (1979) 394 copies
Property Of (1978) 343 copies
Green Witch (2010) 289 copies
Angel Landing (1999) 264 copies
Survival Lessons (2013) 260 copies
Green Heart (2012) 189 copies
Fireflies: A Winter's Tale (1999) 113 copies
Moondog (2004) 50 copies
Horsefly (2000) 37 copies
Ploughshares Winter 2011-2012 (2011) — Editor — 14 copies
Wanderlust (2011) 10 copies
Ploughshares Fall 2003, Vol. 29, Nos. 2 & 3 (2003) — Editor — 6 copies
Conjure (2014) 4 copies
Shadow Show #5 (2015) 1 copy
Sister Witch {Essay} (2017) 1 copy
Scribners Best: The Fiction Workshops 1997 (1997) — Editor — 1 copy
Alto Risco Livro 1 (1989) 1 copy

Associated Works

To the Lighthouse (1927) — Introduction, some editions — 17,693 copies
Shadow Show (2012) — Contributor — 365 copies
Practical Magic [1998 film] (1998) — Creator — 341 copies
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories (2019) — Contributor — 106 copies
Aquamarine [2009 film] (2009) — Creator — 102 copies
It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art (2018) — Contributor — 74 copies
Tuning the Rig: A Journey to the Arctic (1990) — Introduction, some editions — 72 copies
Shadow Show: Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury (2014) — Contributor — 52 copies
Amerika, Amerika bloemlezing — Contributor — 8 copies
Faerie Magazine, #36 Autumn 2016: Vintage & Victoriana (2016) — Contributor — 5 copies
Faerie Magazine, #25 Winter 2013: Mermaids (2013) — Contributor — 4 copies
American Review #23 (1975) — Contributor — 4 copies
Faerie Magazine, #29 Winter 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 4 copies
Faerie Magazine, #40 Autumn 2017: Practical Magic (2017) — Contributor — 3 copies
The Dovekeepers [2015 TV mini series] (2015) — Creator — 3 copies
Enchanted Living, #52 Autumn 2020: The Natural Magic Issue (2020) — Interview / Excerpt — 2 copies
Enchanted Living, #45 Winter 2018: Celestial Issue (2018) — Interviewed — 2 copies
Enchanted Living, #56 Autumn 2021: The Abundance Issue (2021) — Interviewed — 2 copies
Enchanted Living, #48 Autumn 2019: Witch Issue (2019) — Contributor — 1 copy
Faerie Magazine, #35 Summer 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 1 copy
Faerie Magazine, #32 Autumn 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 1 copy
Faerie Magazine, #33 Winter 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 1 copy
Faerie Magazine, #34 Spring 2016: The Floral Issue (2016) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1952-03-16
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
New York, New York, USA
Places of residence
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
New York, New York, USA
Education
Adelphi University (BA)
Stanford University (MA, creative writing)
Occupations
novelist
short-story writer
Relationships
Hoffman, Lisa (cousin)
Organizations
Hoffman Breast Center
Doubleday
Brandeis University
Agent
Elaine Markson (Elaine Markson Agency)
Amanda Urban (ICM Partners)
Short biography
Alice Hoffman is an American novelist and young-adult and children's writer, best known for her 1995 novel Practical Magic, which was adapted for a 1998 film of the same name. Many of her works fall into the genre of magic realism and contain elements of magic, irony, and non-standard romances and relationships.

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Docent-MFAStPete | 72 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
About 15 minutes into this audio book, I stopped the narration and double-checked that I had downloaded the correct book. "Faithful" was nothing at all like my last experience with Alice Hoffman -- [b:The Marriage of Opposites|23492741|The Marriage of Opposites|Alice Hoffman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1438581390s/23492741.jpg|43082583], with its complexity and lyrical language. I thought for sure I had mistakenly clicked on the latest YA release. My screen confirmed that, indeed, this was Hoffman and that "Faithful" was a very different book than "Opposites."

Once I let go of my expectations for what this book was "supposed" to be, I found that I enjoyed and appreciated it. In this novel, a teen-aged Shelby is behind the wheel when a car accident leaves her best friend bedridden in a coma. We see Shelby's downward spiral into self-destruction and despair as a result of depression and survivor's guilt. Hoffman aptly captures not only Shelby's emotions, but the those of her parents as they watch their daughter punish herself for the accident.

While this book is not officially a YA novel, it definitely had that sort of feel about it, and those who don't care for that genre will likely not enjoy this book.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review. While I was provided with a galley I chose to listen to an audio version, which was excellent.
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jj24 | 71 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
Awash with as much color and depth as as Pissaro painting, Alice Hoffman's "The Marriage of Opposites" tells the story of three generations of a family living in St. Thomas, including the famous painter Camille Pissaro.

With lyrical prose, Hoffman engages readers with multi-dimensional characters and a strong sense of place and time. While this historical fiction story includes a famous person, I loved that the real "star" of the novel is Rachel, Camille Pissaro's mother, a fascinating character in her own right -- not for historical reasons but simply by the way Hoffman created her. It seems Hoffman's message is that ordinary people are just as complex and fascinating as famous ones.

I also appreciated the different points of view in the book. From Rachel's point of view we see Camille as somewhat belligerent and disrespectful, while the same story from his point of view gives us an overbearing and inflexible mother.

The last Hoffman novel I read was [b:Turtle Moon|165840|Turtle Moon |Alice Hoffman|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-a91bf249278a81aabab721ef782c4a74.png|4030674] over 20 years ago. I don't know why I haven't read anything since. I've also been sitting on this book for almost a year without reading it! I truly enjoyed this one and guarantee I'll be reading more Hoffman in the future.

4.5 stars

Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review. I ended up listening to this book on audio, which was excellent.
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jj24 | 72 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
Note: The movie is a mere skim off the top of this book, with a heaping tablespoon of whimsy, and a hefty dose of Hollywood glopped on towards the end. You'll recognize things from the movie in this book - but they're really not the same animal. I enjoyed both. I liked this book, I'm glad I read it, but I did not love it enough to relegate it to the shelf of things I cherish and reread over and over again. 3 1/2 stars.
 
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Rating
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Reviews
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