Walking this path of ruin and redemption are Sam, their son, a brilliant, explosive artist who is drawn to self-destruction and dreams; Blanca, the beautiful loner who tries desperately to protect her brother from his destiny and lives her own life in a world of books; and Will, the grandson, who is left a legacy of broken pieces he needs to put together, an emotional and mysterious puzzle made up of people who don't know the first thing about love. Here is a family so real, so tragic, so devoted, it is as if they have written their own riveting history: a quest for love and truth.
©2007 Alice Hoffman; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
"Hoffman's shimmering, multigenerational melodrama bewitches with supernatural imagery." (Booklist)
I really enjoyed this book - but I am an Alice Hoffman fan. Her blending of what is real and what just might be real is interesting and convincing. Then narration was great – calming, soothing and so appropriate for this novel. This is definitely a good read (or listen).
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This story held my interest all the way through. Although it was only 7 hours it seemed longer. It was very well produced. Mare Winningham was an excellent narrator. The story was different, not run of the mill. I like stories that are not a dime a dozen. Also, it doesn't have "filler". The author has a story to tell and she tells it. She's not just trying to fill space just because she can. If anything she perhaps had a little trouble letting go of the story... but telling a story is such a creative process. It's all subjective.
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