Alice Hoffman
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Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston and New York.

Hoffman's first novel, Property Of, was written at the age of twenty-one, while she was studying at Stanford, and published shortly thereafter by Farrar Straus and Giroux. She credits her mentor, professor and writer Albert J. Guerard, and his wife, the writer Maclin Bocock Guerard, for helping her to publish her first short story in the magazine Fiction. Editor Ted Solotaroff then contacted her to ask if she had a novel, at which point she quickly began to write what was to become Property Of, a section of which was published in Mr. Solotaroff's magazine, American Review.

Since that remarkable beginning, Alice Hoffman has become one of our most distinguished novelists. She has published a total of eighteen novels, two books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her novel, Here on Earth, an Oprah Book Club choice, was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte's masterpiece Wuthering Heights. Practical Magic was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novel, At Risk, which concerns a family dealing with AIDS, can be found on the reading lists of many universities, colleges and secondary schools. Her advance from Local Girls, a collection of inter-related fictions about love and loss on Long Island, was donated to help create the Hoffman (Women's Cancer) Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Blackbird House is a book of stories centering around an old farm on Cape Cod. Hoffman's recent books include Aquamarine and Indigo, novels for pre-teens, and The New York Times bestsellers The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, and The Ice Queen. Green Angel, a post-apocalyptic fairy tale about loss and love, was published by Scholastic and The Foretelling, a book about an Amazon girl in the Bronze Age, was published by Little Brown. In 2007 Little Brown published the teen novel Incantation, a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, which Publishers Weekly has chosen as one of the best books of the year. In January 2007, Skylight Confessions, a novel about one family's secret history, was released on the 30th anniversary of the publication of Her first novel. Her most recent novel is The Story Sisters (2009), published by Shaye Areheart Books.

Hoffman's work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People Magazine. She has also worked as a screenwriter and is the author of the original screenplay "Independence Day" a film starring Kathleen Quinlan and Diane Wiest. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Self, and other magazines. Her teen novel Aquamarine was recently made into a film starring Emma Roberts.

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    • The Rules of Magic

    • By: Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,088
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,742
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732

    For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Darkly Fun and Bitterweet

    • By Mel on 11-17-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Practical Magic

    • By: Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated by: Christina Moore
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,015
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,823
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,817

    Alice Hoffman's enchanting witch's brew of suspense, romance and magic - now a major motion picture from Warner Bros....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Don't expext the movie story!

    • By JEAN9 on 09-25-14

    Regular price: $18.85

    • The Marriage of Opposites

    • By: Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated by: Gloria Reuben, Tina Benko, Santino Fontana, and others
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,891
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893

    Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magical!

    • By TV on 09-27-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Dovekeepers

    • A Novel
    • By: Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated by: Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,825
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,553

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Draining story - but beautifully written/told

    • By Kate on 10-14-11

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Nightbird

    • By: Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
    • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love this Alice Hoffman novel!

    • By Anonymous User on 07-25-17

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Museum of Extraordinary Things

    • A Novel
    • By: Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated by: Judith Light, Grace Gummer, Zach Appelman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,443
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,308
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,305

    Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating historical fiction+Hoffman interview!

    • By mendolynne on 06-04-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Faithful

    • A Novel
    • By: Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated by: Amber Tamblyn
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 857
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 778
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 769

    Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Story of Healing

    • By Brenda Barnes on 12-05-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Probable Future

    • By: Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 543
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 454
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 451

    Women of the Sparrow family have unusual gifts....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice, gentle story for when you feel bad.

    • By Anonymous User on 05-28-17

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Here on Earth

    • By: Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 128

    March Murray, along with her 15-year-old daughter, Gwen, returns to the small Massachusetts town where she grew up to attend the funeral of Judith Dale, the beloved housekeeper who raised her....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Authentic well written and engaging

    • By Charmaine on 12-19-12

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Story Sisters

    • A Novel
    • By: Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated by: Nancy Travis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 136

    The Story Sisters, charts the lives of three sisters. 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 imagination....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The tragic story....

    • By Glori-Read on 08-06-09

    Regular price: $31.93

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