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Blue Diary | [Alice Hoffman]

Blue Diary

When Ethan Ford fails to show up for work on a brilliant summer morning, none of his neighbors would guess that, for more than 13 years, he has been running from his past. His true nature has been locked away, as hidden as his real identity. But sometimes locks spring open, and the devastating truths of Ethan Ford's history shatter the small-town peace of Monroe, affecting family and friends alike.
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Publisher's Summary

The courage to face the unthinkable is at the core of this magnificent novel. How do we manage to confront the truths in our lives and find forgiveness in the most unforgiving of circumstances? How do we love truly and deeply in a world that is as brutal as it is beautiful?

When Ethan Ford fails to show up for work on a brilliant summer morning, none of his neighbors would guess that, for more than 13 years, he has been running from his past. His true nature has been locked away, as hidden as his real identity. But sometimes locks spring open, and the devastating truths of Ethan Ford's history shatter the small-town peace of Monroe, affecting family and friends alike.

This deeply felt and compelling novel makes clear why Alice Hoffman has been called "one of the best writers we have today" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Honest, shattering, seductive, and ultimately healing, Blue Diary is an unforgettable novel by a writer who tells "truths powerful enough to break a reader's heart" (Time magazine).

©2004 Alice Hoffman; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This canny tale of abrupt reversals and courageous, unpopular choices is as suspenseful as it is lyrical and provocative." (Booklist)

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    Loves Books New Jersey 09-15-12
    Loves Books New Jersey 09-15-12
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    "Unlock the Mystery"
    What did you love best about Blue Diary?

    The solid story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jory. Honest, fair and truly in love with her roles as wife, mother and friend.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jory went searching for the truth about her husband.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jory decides to leave behind her old life in order to secure a better life for her son.


    Any additional comments?

    A well written page-turner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-02-12
    Michele GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Books, and words, and information are my treasures.

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    "like the author but was very disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have always liked Alice Hoffman but ordered this book by mistake and didn't even listen to the first hour =( It was very long and drawn out & much more dramatic thsn others by the same author.


    Has Blue Diary turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will be more careful choosing books by Alice Hoffman.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was too breathy and full of doom.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blue Diary?

    I couldn't even get that far into the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will have to be moreful choosing books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Astoria, NY, USA 11-13-08
    Lori Astoria, NY, USA 11-13-08
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    "UGH"

    This is my first download for my new iPod Touch and I couldn't be more disappointed - the quality is terrible, where did they find this narrator??? It is unlistenable.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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