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[KINDLE] ❂ Fortunes Daughter ❅ Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us

Fortunes Daughter This Fierce And Beautiful Story Charts The Histories Of Two Women Rae, Young And Unmarried And Far From Home, Awaits The Birth Of Her First Child Lila, A Fortune Teller With No Interest In The Future, Has Lost Her Own Daughter Than A Quarter Of A Century Earlier In New York When These Two Women Meet In Southern California It S Earthquake Weather The Time When Unexpected Things Happen Immediately, Their Lives And Fortunes Become Intertwined, As Rae Tries To Break Away From The Man She Has Been With Since High School And Lila Reaches Into The Past To Search For The Child She LostThis Contemporary World Is Set Against A Series Of Russian Folktales Told By An Old Woman Who Lives At The Edge Of Manhattan, In A Place So Well Hidden It Can Only Be Found Once In A Life Time

[KINDLE] ❂ Fortunes Daughter  ❅ Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Fortunes Daughter
  • Alice Hoffman
  • English
  • 14 January 2019
  • 0425168700

    10 thoughts on “[KINDLE] ❂ Fortunes Daughter ❅ Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us


  1. says:

    I have long been an Alice Hoffman fan, but with such a prolific catalog from which to choose, I had always read primarily from herrecent work I started with Practical Magic, then bounced to Blue Diary, which was the most recent at the time, and just kept reading Fortune s Daughter, on the other hand, one of Hoffman s earlier works, lacks the pizazz of herrecent novels The magic of everyday life is lost in thetraditional female characters of the early 80s You want to shak I have long been an Alice Hoffman fan, but with such a prolific catalog from which to choose, I had always read primarily from herrecent work I started with Practical Magic, then bounced to Blue Diary, which was the most recent at the time, and just kept reading Fortune s Daughter, on the other hand, one of Hoffman s earlier works, lacks the pizazz of herrecent novels The magic of everyday life is lost in thetraditional female characters of the early 80s You want to shake one of the main characters and tell her to get her life in order, and wonder why a man has dictated so much of her youth The other protagonist just needs to be dropped into therapy.However, this book is not a total washout As ever, Hoffman s prose is for the most part, a delight Her devotion to location, description of climate and flora, as well as simple, everyday fancy does neatly embroider a mostly mediocre novel.For those just beginning to read Hoffman, I d start with something a bitpolished, such as The Probable Future, The Blackbird House, or, my favorite, Practical Magic


  2. says:

    I ve just finished another wonderful Alice Hoffman novel This version of Fortune s Daughter was an audiobook by Blackstone Audio, narrated by Carrington McDuffie 2 women, Rae, a young unwed pregnant woman whose boyfriend seems to have less than a full deck, meets Lila, a fortune teller who is older and married Their lives become intertwined when Rae asked Lila to tell her fortune The story weaves between present and past of each in a way only Alice Hoffman can tell it I can always count on I ve just finished another wonderful Alice Hoffman novel This version of Fortune s Daughter was an audiobook by Blackstone Audio, narrated by Carrington McDuffie 2 women, Rae, a young unwed pregnant woman whose boyfriend seems to have less than a full deck, meets Lila, a fortune teller who is older and married Their lives become intertwined when Rae asked Lila to tell her fortune The story weaves between present and past of each in a way only Alice Hoffman can tell it I can always count on a wonderful read by Hoffman and my expectations are always met Characters come to life on the page and the story builds with insight and intrigue at the same time to keep the reader s attention and wantingAfter finishing this novel, I feel as though I have been on a journey knowing Rae and Lila as friends, and I m better off to have met them


  3. says:

    I love Alice Hoffman Her prose is like poetry I was introduced to her about ten years ago by a friend It was Practical Magic Some of her plots are better than others but the imagery of her words never fails to capture me.


  4. says:

    When I read this, I was ready for another Alice Hoffman book She takes the ordinary world, makes it completely awful, and then pulls all of the magic and wonder out of it, like a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat I have several Alice Hoffman books on my sagging Kindle bookshelves and not sure what made me pick this one next, but it was a perfect read for the moment that I was in.I wonder how much my response to a book has to do with the moment I pick it up in time and start reading it Like When I read this, I was ready for another Alice Hoffman book She takes the ordinary world, makes it completely awful, and then pulls all of the magic and wonder out of it, like a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat I have several Alice Hoffman books on my sagging Kindle bookshelves and not sure what made me pick this one next, but it was a perfect read for the moment that I was in.I wonder how much my response to a book has to do with the moment I pick it up in time and start reading it Like if I gave a book 5 stars when I read it on December 21, 2012 would I have given it 5 stars if I d read it on March 12, 2009 I don t know One of life s little mysteries But and I am sure all avid readers agree there s something cosmic about closing your eyes, picking your next read from your heart, and thenah, yes, those 5 stars.Fortune s Daughter is a humble book No dystopia end of the world serial killer vampire werewolf zombie apocalypse Just a simple tale of unresolved grief and mothers who ve lost daughters and daughters who ve lost mothers and the men who love them in the best ways that they can I loved the whole tea reading fortune telling thing and Rae and Lila are interesting within their world s that lack completely celebrity and fame or anything very sparkly Just living their lives And finding their own magic within them.I will leave you with this line that upon reading itmade me smile and nod because, after all is said and done, life is a mysterious thing Into this cake Lila had baked three gifts a cool hand to test for fevers, a kiss with the power to chase away nightmares, a heart that can tell when it s time to let go.


  5. says:

    I m surprised by the number of negative reviews for this novel This is actually the first Hoffman novel I read all the way through.First of all, the writing is breathtaking _I_ want to write like this The interweaving of image, especially nature image, with character and action inspires.Second, the characters all carry pain, even the bad boy with the good girl And no one is that one dimensional The good girl is not always good The bad boy is not always bad And the attempts to conn I m surprised by the number of negative reviews for this novel This is actually the first Hoffman novel I read all the way through.First of all, the writing is breathtaking _I_ want to write like this The interweaving of image, especially nature image, with character and action inspires.Second, the characters all carry pain, even the bad boy with the good girl And no one is that one dimensional The good girl is not always good The bad boy is not always bad And the attempts to connect and reconnect, even when they don t want to, show their desire to overcome the pain of the past and move into afunctional future The fortune teller who overcomes all her own impulses to the contrary to make herself available to a single girl facing childbirth alone is an excellent example of this.And last, I understand that some may find these women typically eighties, or stereotypical But, look, folks, our culture has jumped light years in a woman s ability to do for herself and for her children on her own I always want to urge others to beforgiving of female characters in stories set decades ago I suspect it was harder than we think


  6. says:

    Hoffman is a master at portraying the raw humanity of her characters It s that portrayal of those raw emotions that we all feel but could never explain that makes her such a popular author We can relate to her characters because of this, even though outwardly we have nothing in common with them As Practical Magic was my first Hoffman novel, the bar was raised fairly high for the rest of her books Fortune s Daughter doesn t even come close It s not a stretch for me to say that it was a d Hoffman is a master at portraying the raw humanity of her characters It s that portrayal of those raw emotions that we all feel but could never explain that makes her such a popular author We can relate to her characters because of this, even though outwardly we have nothing in common with them As Practical Magic was my first Hoffman novel, the bar was raised fairly high for the rest of her books Fortune s Daughter doesn t even come close It s not a stretch for me to say that it was a disappointment SPOILERS I found it hard to even pretend that I had something in common with Rae and Lila, the two protagonists While they display the same open emotions as Hoffman s other characters, it just comes across as being wishy washy instead of endearing Rae just couldn t decide whether she should stay with her inattentive, detached boyfriend, or if she should do what the reader is screaming at her to do leave him already, woman See what I mean Wishy washy Lilia, who began as a somewhat intriguing character, simply goes bonkers by the end of the novel, what with the whole summoning her dead baby s ghost and keeping it in her dresser drawer thing Yeah THAT If you re thinking, WTF , then you re not alone No, Hoffman does NOT clarify the reason for this display of insanity END SPOILERS The character I wished I would have learnedabout was the old fortune teller, Hattie She was such an influential character after all, it was she who taught Lila Tasseography the art of reading tea leaves , and as another Goodreads reviewer noted, it was with her that the real magic in Fortune s Daughter seemed to lie I found myself hoping and praying that she turn up later, but she never did and somehow, this was the biggest disappointment of all Maybe this was the point Hattie would always remain a mystery, to both the readers and Lila However, since she was the only interesting character, the point is almost lost on the reader, who meanwhile struggles to remain interested in the protagonists.The Three Sisters, for which Three Sisters Street was named and where Lila and Richard lived , pop up unexpectedly toward the end of the book, and get a whopping page and a half devoted to their story I honestly don t understand the point of this, seeing as how they had no previous importance whatsoever in the plot, other than a street being named for them They seem cool, really, they do They just have no real place in this particular story Maybe if the plot was changed to echo that of The Probable Future or Practical Magic, in which the most important characters of all are the ones who came before to leave a soft whisper of their legacy In Fortune s Daughter, which centers mostly around the young ones, the babies, any generation that goes beyond that of mother simply has no reason to be included One last observation complaint Hoffman has a knack for describing the weather in her stories She manages to intertwine the little things, like the weather and landscape, with the emotions of her characters It acts as an amplifier and makes it all so REAL Hoffman realizes that the weather really does have an effect on human emotions that it tells the truth of the feelings we have yet to acknowledge ourselves She uses this to her advantage, and wields it elegantly Except when she s so blatantly WRONG I am a California native, born and raised I can honestly say that there is no such thing as earthquake weather , and anyone who says otherwise hasn t spent much time in California Hoffman, this means you There is no real way to predict earthquakes the only reliable way to tell that something s wrong is to watch the animals Note that I said something , not earthquake Has Hoffman ever even been to California She puts so much emphasis on this earthquake thing in the beginning of the story You just KNOW it s going to come in to play again later, and in a big way Chapters upon chapters go by, and you start to think, Well, it s Hoffman I m sure she ll tie it in somehow with her characters lives, and it will be splendid But nothing happens until somewhere near the end of the book, and it is neither monumental or significant It reads as if Hoffman was plodding along, when suddenly it occurred to her, Oh yeah I made a big fuss at the beginning about an earthquake I should throw one in there Maybe no one will notice that I forgot about it Oh, I noticed I especially noticed how she failed to tie it in with her character s emotions.To summarize this book was a disappointment If you re undeterred in your motivation to read it, go for it Just don t expect it to live up to the standards of Practical Magic


  7. says:

    I picked this up from Hollings Cancer Center s book sale shelf, conned by a reprinting into thinking this was a new Hoffman, rather than an old one decked out in a new cover On the one hand, I can see elements of Hoffman s style, which she has honed and crafted into a wondrous thing, richly adored by so many readers myself included On the other hand, there were some already tired themes good girl bad guy rejection that filled the pages It s a book about loss, in many forms, a theme I ju I picked this up from Hollings Cancer Center s book sale shelf, conned by a reprinting into thinking this was a new Hoffman, rather than an old one decked out in a new cover On the one hand, I can see elements of Hoffman s style, which she has honed and crafted into a wondrous thing, richly adored by so many readers myself included On the other hand, there were some already tired themes good girl bad guy rejection that filled the pages It s a book about loss, in many forms, a theme I just don t really care to read right now I didn t particularly like any of the characters, nor did I particularly care what happened to them, but still trundled through to the end The one exception was I did want to learnabout the old fortune teller s heritage and village sounds like that s where Hoffman s magic was hiding I live in the south where there actually is a hurricane season, but have always been told by relatives in California that earthquakes can occur at any time of the year and at any time of the day or night, under all weather conditions, sunny, wet, hot, or cold without special tendency So what the hell is earthquake weather, which the first sentence of the book proclaims It was earthquake weather and everyone knew it


  8. says:

    If I d rated Fortune s Daughter the moment I finished it, I would have given it 5 stars I was completely engrossed and rather weepy by the end But, having thought about it for a day, there are several points I wish had been wrapped up a little neater It felt like a lot of things were left unresolved Still, Alice Hoffman s unbelievable talent always leaves me humbled.


  9. says:

    Felt like there was too much nonessential narrative In the midst of scenes and conversations, the author goes off on tangents that don t add anything to the story loved the relationships, though how the characters dealt with one another


  10. says:

    This is an early Hoffman that I had never read before If it had been my first, I would not have read most everything she has written since The magic is there, even when it misfires There is considerable evidence of the excellent writer Hoffman will become the magic realism, the gorgeous language, but so many, so dear, so strong, so sharp, so beautifulso many phrases beginning with so that I found myself counting them One SO on most pages, some pages with two or even three The con This is an early Hoffman that I had never read before If it had been my first, I would not have read most everything she has written since The magic is there, even when it misfires There is considerable evidence of the excellent writer Hoffman will become the magic realism, the gorgeous language, but so many, so dear, so strong, so sharp, so beautifulso many phrases beginning with so that I found myself counting them One SO on most pages, some pages with two or even three The construction most often was appealing, but like the convoluted plot, seemed to complicate itself unnecessarily And the end, while gorgeous in language did not displease me I was not quite convinced Instead I wondered what sort of mess her personal life was in that she chose this trajectory Kirkus Reviews calls the main characters in this 1990 novel blurry, murmurous but TNYT seems to have liked it, terming it lush and mythical and swirling in a juxtaposition of the mythic, the apocalyptic, with the resolutely ordinaryI might agree with both, and also found it convoluted, messy, and unfocused a novel where characters thrash without necessarily getting very far, not even in the narrative sense Some back stories, delivered far too late in the narrative, were touching but beside the point Nevertheless, I am happy to have read the novel and I will put it back on my shelf where it has been stored since my mother died She purchased Hoffman s entire backlist without actually reading these hardbacks from the 80s It was my mother who first handed me Practical Magic when it first came out in paper I read others and my favorite in those days was Seventh Heaven I recall nothing about that novel and I suppose I should reread it to discover if it still appeals to me in the same way I have loved everything from her I read recently, both the historical and contemporary Faithless

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