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Publisher's Summary

Alice Hoffman is one of our most beloved writers. Here on Earth was an Oprah Book Club selection. Practical Magic and Aquamarine were both best-selling books and Hollywood movies. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, and People magazine, and her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, and Self.

Now, in The Third Angel, Hoffman weaves a magical and stunningly original story that charts the lives of three women in love with the wrong men: Headstrong Madeleine Heller finds herself hopelessly attracted to her sister's fiancee. Frieda Lewis, a doctor's daughter and a runaway, becomes the muse of an ill-fated rock star. And beautiful Bryn Evans is set to marry an Englishman while secretly obsessed with her ex-husband.

At the heart of the novel is Lucy Green, who blames herself for a tragic accident she witnessed at the age of 12 and who spends four decades searching for the Third Angel - the angel on earth who will renew her faith.

Brilliantly evoking London's King's Road, Knightsbridge, and Kensington, while moving effortlessly back in time, The Third Angel is a work of startling beauty about the unique, alchemical nature of love.

©2008 Alice Hoffman (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Alice Hoffman is my favorite writer." (Jodi Picoult)
"A reader is in good hands with Alice Hoffman, able to count on many pleasures. She is one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists, and her skills increase with every new book." (Jane Smiley)
"Over the course of writing more than two dozen works of fiction, Hoffman has created her very own form, the heartbreak fairy tale. Her latest and one of her best is...exceptionally well-structured, beguiling, and affecting....Hoffman has transcended her own genre." ( Booklist)

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Stellar Novel by Hoffman Once Again

Excellent story. Or shall I say stories. This was one of her most complex novels, & it did not disappoint. She weaves her characters together in such a way that you feel almost personally invested. And Nancy Travis rivals Hugh Laurie in perfecting 'across the pond' accents--holy cow it's impressive. This is probably one of my favorites of Hoffman's to date.

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Thank you Alice Hoffman

I think I have read and listen to every Alice Hoffman book ... And each one brings forth so many emotions in its pages. I always hate it when they end. I wish I could write like Alice Hoffman… Better yet, I wish I could see like Alice Hoffman.

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Little Hard to follow at times

Actually, 3 intertwining stories. Same place but diff time periods. Sometimes, hard to keep the storyline straight. However, well written with lots of food for thought.

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Just ok

I love everything alice hoffman writes. It could be because i was listening to this sporadically, by I did not find the storyline very easy to follow. I do understand the deeper message here, or at least think I do, but as a story I did not enjoy it very much. it jumped around. I realize the structure was part of the message but found it hard to follow. it's still beautifully written.