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Faithful: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend's future is destroyed in an accident while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor filled with emotion, from dark suffering to true happiness - a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls - including an angel who's been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who's ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a road map.

Alice Hoffman's "trademark alchemy" (USA Today) and her ability to write about the "delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary" (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.

©2016 Alice Hoffman (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Amber Tamblyn's crisp, emphatic narration draws the listener into Hoffman's latest novel.... Tamblyn fully conveys Shelby's growth from listless despair to harsh edginess to aching hope. Her voice cracks with longing, sadness, bitterness, and resignation, then lifts as Shelby heals. Her narration distinguishes characters with variations of tone and pitch as well as subtle accents, creating a satisfying listening experience that Hoffman fans will relish." (AudioFile)

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    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 11-10-16
    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 11-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Lovely"

    Very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. So very different from the other Hoffman books I've read. The narration is superb.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Barnes 12-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Story of Healing"

    This is a story of dealing with guilt and grief. The characters are honest and I was left with feeling hopeful at the end of the book. We are all flawed. We all have things in our last we have to overcome. We can move on. The narration could have been better but this was an enjoyable listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Arlington, TX, United States 11-11-16
    Debra Arlington, TX, United States 11-11-16 Member Since 2010
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    "The only is you won't want to stop listening"

    It took me 3 days to read this wonderful story. You grieve for Shelby root for he on her path for redemption-- From death to love. Alice Hoffman's book has themes of mother / daughter love, finding one's self or identity and what is alive. Enjoy.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea M Woods 01-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "It's okay"

    I thought the story dragged along and I didn't quite care for the main character. She just wasn't someone I rooted for throughout story. You slowly become addicted to it. But it took me three starts.

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    "Would not recommend"

    Tiresome and the story felt like a paint-by-numbers plot involving a cliched "damaged" girl who is rescued by the love of others, especially cardboard decent boyfriends. Wanted to bail but finished because it was relatively short and the narrator did a good job with the material.

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    anne doraville, ga United States 01-07-17
    anne doraville, ga United States 01-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not great"

    The beginning of Faithful got me interested, but by the end of the book I didn't really care what happened. The story lacked depth, though the concept had great potential. I was really surprised at how little I cared, as I have enjoyed other Alice Hoffman books. Tamblyn's narration here was hard to take as well. The description that comes to mind is forced-sounding monotony. Her narration lacked inflection and in my opinion conveyed a sense of apathy. A disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The Thrifty Gardener 12-23-16
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    "meh"

    narrator was good. story pointless. kind of a waste of time.... wouldn't recommend this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chela J. Noto Santa Monica , CA USA 12-08-16
    Chela J. Noto Santa Monica , CA USA 12-08-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Fidelity"
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    Faithful: notions of fidelity weave in and out of the book. Hoffman delivers again - a sweet character portrait well read. And a number of lovely canine characters that win you over.<br/>

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    Todd 12-03-16
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    "Good story"

    Good story and well performed. The characters resonated with me. I could feel the things they were going through. Well done.

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    M. E. Lee TX 12-02-16
    M. E. Lee TX 12-02-16 Member Since 2009

    Books Rule!

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    "Thank you Audible Editors"

    I used my Audible credit on Faithful because of an Audible editor review. I'm so glad I did. It just bumped into the number one spot for books I read this year. It might make my top 10 of all time list. Wonderful story and Amber Tamblyn narrated it perfectly.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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