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!!> Download ➽ Local Girls ➸ Author Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us

Local GirlsFrom The New York Times Best Selling Author Of The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman Is At Her Haunting, Thought Provoking Best With These Interconnected Stories About A Long Island Family, The Samuelsons, And The Lessons In Survival And Transformation That Life Brings To Every Family Pulls The Reader In EffortlesslyHoffman Has The Power To Make You Really Laugh And Really Cry USA Today Moving And Deadpan FunnyEpiphanies About Passion, Pain, And Resiliency Induce Smiles And Shivers In Equal Measure Entertainment Weekly

!!> Download ➽ Local Girls ➸ Author Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us
  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Local Girls
  • Alice Hoffman
  • English
  • 05 November 2017
  • 0425174344

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  1. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In this coming of age tale, Gretel and Jill are Long Island teens in a contemporary setting, Franconia, a place so bereft of imagination that all the local enterprises use the town s name for theirs There are moments in which magic enlivens the story and provides a context In one, Gretel and Jason torment their hated stepmother by tossing her belongings, one by one, out the window of a moving car, breadcrumbs back to safety In another, drawn by an enticing aroma, Gretel meets the old woman wh In this coming of age tale, Gretel and Jill are Long Island teens in a contemporary setting, Franconia, a place so bereft of imagination that all the local enterprises use the town s name for theirs There are moments in which magic enlivens the story and provides a context In one, Gretel and Jason torment their hated stepmother by tossing her belongings, one by one, out the window of a moving car, breadcrumbs back to safety In another, drawn by an enticing aroma, Gretel meets the old woman who lives in the creepy house at the edge of town No witches there Hoffman gives us one of the central images of the novel The old woman had planted roses a lifetime ago, and the breadth and large aroma of that lifetime permeates the air The rose imagery reappears when Gretel visits Pinelawn with her terminally ill mother, Franny, and later in Florida when Margot gets Gretel a rose colored bikini Finally, Gretel smells the roses she planted at her home, years after she has moved out, and is just sitting in front of it In a driving accident, Jason Hansel begins to experience fire, a creature trying to squash and burn him in the overturned vehicle maybe like the feel of being in an oven Later, drug addled, he is walking barefoot three miles through snow when his T shirt bursts into flames Living in a flop house, he sees sparks and fire where no others can see them and knows the creature is waiting for him Eventually he succumbs, to find the creature is himself Mysterious ball lightning damages Margot s home, then she wakes to find her back lawn carpeted with spider webs Finally four ounce hailstones pummel and penetrate her house Strangely these horrors lead to true love Margot and Gretel visit a strange gypsy like healer in florida.There is a shift in mid book from first person to third I was uncertain why this was necessary Then back and forth again I found this a bit jarring.I enjoyed the chapter titles For example, Gretel in the chapter in which Gretel tosses her stepmother s things out the car window, The Rest of your Life when Gretel, Margot and Gretel s mother go to Pinelawn.Deciding to live or die Jason Margot Jill Gretel all are faced with situations in which they must decide to move forward, remain where they are or sink Although different characters choose different paths, there is hope at the end of several of them It was an enjoyable read, with enough spice to make the interestthan a mere curiosity about what might happen to this or that character The extra elements, fairy tale touches, were very satisfying And not bit of gingerbread in sight Other Hoffman books I have reviewed Green Angel Blackbird House The Ice Queen The Red Garden The Dovekeepers The Rules of Magic


  2. says:

    The Effects of EnnuiBack in the days when Archie Bunker was a television buffoon and not the President of the United States, the Long Island suburbs were a region of anonymous mediocrity Nothing happened there because there was no developed society The components were in place schools, shops, public libraries, cinemas, restaurants but they never formed a coherent whole, just an endless desert of unrewarding routine practised within hundreds of indistinguishable neighbourhoods by hundreds o The Effects of EnnuiBack in the days when Archie Bunker was a television buffoon and not the President of the United States, the Long Island suburbs were a region of anonymous mediocrity Nothing happened there because there was no developed society The components were in place schools, shops, public libraries, cinemas, restaurants but they never formed a coherent whole, just an endless desert of unrewarding routine practised within hundreds of indistinguishable neighbourhoods by hundreds of thousands of indistinguishable families. Alice Hoffman captures the atmosphere of the Long Island suburbs on the turn, as it were, from sterile but unremarkable commuter land of the 50 s and 60 s in which everyone could feel superior to the remaining denizens of Brooklyn and Queens, to what it has become a culturally sick region of boredom, drugs, post religious superstition, and psychic healers The only way to survive is escape Emigration and suicide are the principle options Local Girls is a shorthand version of all the reasons why getting out as young as possible is the only sensible choice.I could be wrong of course Hoffman s fiction may be just a light, autobiographical, romantic melodrama in which case it is largely a waste of reading time and energy All the referential tropes are there the identical houses, absent fathers, the parkways, the turnpike, the North Shore, Jones Beach but their meaning is trivial without some context Only as a cautionary tale to the young trapped in the morass of the un civilisation of Nassau County does the book have any merit It then also helps to explain why Archie Bunker has become President


  3. says:

    I read this last night while trying to keep warm and like all Alice Hoffman s I enjoyed getting to know her characters, their fates, tragedy and emotions in an unfair world of sickness, disappointment, bad judgements and love It tells the story of Gretel, her best friend Jill, her cousin Margot and her Mother Franny, each on their own spiritual journey with the power and loyalty of friendship together.


  4. says:

    This is the book that proved to one of my best friends that despite my addiction to romances, I do actually have good taste in books I d been telling her for years to read Alice Hoffman, but, due to the aforementioned, she kept taking a pass After all someone who reads romances insert disdainful tone couldn t possibly know a good book when they read one Then came this book, which felt autobiographical there were so many parallels to our lives friendship I forced the issue and gave he This is the book that proved to one of my best friends that despite my addiction to romances, I do actually have good taste in books I d been telling her for years to read Alice Hoffman, but, due to the aforementioned, she kept taking a pass After all someone who reads romances insert disdainful tone couldn t possibly know a good book when they read one Then came this book, which felt autobiographical there were so many parallels to our lives friendship I forced the issue and gave her a copy for her birthday Needless to say, I am redeemed The friendship portrayed in this book with its ups and downs, distances, failures, shared pain enduring comfort is beautiful and real Alice Hoffman became one of my favorite writers because her use of the written word is so poetical There is beauty in the way she describes even the most dreary of circumstances She finds a way to make you feel her characters emotions, to see through their eyes the beauty and pain of their world Because I have people in my life who deal with addictions, depression and metal illness, I am unusually sensitive to false notes when characters have or must deal with others who suffer Alice Hoffman has never put a step wrong in this area


  5. says:

    Just a hunch but I strongly suspect that this book is loosely based on Alice Hoffman s early life The story of two young girls growing up in Long Island, New York with very rough childhoods The families are dysfunctional, the parents are self centered, mentally ill, or dying of breast cancer Pretty depressing stuff It is a book that you can race through but it takes a chuck of you with it Not my favorite Hoffman work but maybe I was expectingof the wonderful magic realism, that this a Just a hunch but I strongly suspect that this book is loosely based on Alice Hoffman s early life The story of two young girls growing up in Long Island, New York with very rough childhoods The families are dysfunctional, the parents are self centered, mentally ill, or dying of breast cancer Pretty depressing stuff It is a book that you can race through but it takes a chuck of you with it Not my favorite Hoffman work but maybe I was expectingof the wonderful magic realism, that this author is so famous for in her works


  6. says:

    I had Mr Gober as my English teacher in the ninth grade He was a very strange man, too strange really to document in this tiny little space, but this isn t about how strange he was This is about how he assigned us the worst books to read, and very few of them at that Everyone else was reading The Catcher in the Rye, while we were reading Bang the Drum Slowly blech I began to hate reading and baseball , because all the books I had to read were not my taste at all.For one assignment he to I had Mr Gober as my English teacher in the ninth grade He was a very strange man, too strange really to document in this tiny little space, but this isn t about how strange he was This is about how he assigned us the worst books to read, and very few of them at that Everyone else was reading The Catcher in the Rye, while we were reading Bang the Drum Slowly blech I began to hate reading and baseball , because all the books I had to read were not my taste at all.For one assignment he told us we could choose any book we wanted to read and then write a report on it and present it to the class Finally, I was reinvigorated I went to the school s library and browsed forever The librarian helped me out and recommended a few books, and I picked Lord of the Flies We had to clear our choices with Mr Gober before we began to read, and when I told him what I had picked, he told me I couldn t read it You ll read that in another class, definitely, he said So you can t read it now, in mine After I realized he wasn t joking, I was furious What a stupid thing to say to a girl who was clearly excited about something He said I could pick anything else, just not that, and that I didn t have to clear it with him My passive aggressive reaction was a personal, silent refusal to read anything The night before the report and presentation were due, I casually asked my mom for a book to read, and she handed me Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman The author s from Long Island, so she s good, she insisted That night, I wrote a report based on the summary on the book jacket, and the next day made my presentation, filled with the same fiction from the report I got an A, and I didn t start reading books for real again until college Also, Lord of the Flies was never assigned to me in any other class.Local Girls is a book by Alice Hoffman that I swear I just actually read, and it was pretty good maybe even as good as I once swore her other book was


  7. says:

    Note Just re read this again This book is so phenomenal, so amazing The emotions are so real it will make you forget your own problems It s one of my all time favourite books Read it 13 July 2009 I have read this book so many times, and most recently, a few weeks ago A novel in short stories, this is the fantastic story of the life of a suburban girl and I believe the town is to be the one I grew up in and how things can go so horribly wrong so quicklybut luckily our narrator can h Note Just re read this again This book is so phenomenal, so amazing The emotions are so real it will make you forget your own problems It s one of my all time favourite books Read it 13 July 2009 I have read this book so many times, and most recently, a few weeks ago A novel in short stories, this is the fantastic story of the life of a suburban girl and I believe the town is to be the one I grew up in and how things can go so horribly wrong so quicklybut luckily our narrator can hold it together Beautiful prose I love Alice Hoffman This is her best, and a book to study for any writer


  8. says:

    If you ve never read an Alice Hoffman novel, you are truly missing out on an outstanding reading experience Her writing is beautiful, set with an emotional outlook on real life, and laced with unrivaled magic Her characters are ordinary people, with lives that both lack and have it all Their stories are engrossing, and say so much without much dialogue Local Girls is heartbreaking and genuine, telling stories of the different ways in which people approach and define love And it is SO good


  9. says:

    A quite interesting shortish story told from the point of view of Gretel, and her growing up in the not so best of circumstances We see the highs and mostly lows of her growing up, then the coming of age full circle It was nice to see Gretel and her best friend share the last scene This book is different to what I usually enjoy and was nice for a change of pace.


  10. says:

    Portions of this novel were absolutely beautiful Perhaps a deceptively simple story if that makes sense My favorite quotes, which keep lingering in my mind There was a bird perched above us in a leafless tree, a little grey thing, a sparrow or a wren We all looked up, hoping it would sing, but it was silent as stone We had to laugh then, all three of us Just our luck, Margot said, a mute Maybe it s resting, my mother insisted Maybe it sang the most beautiful song in the wo Portions of this novel were absolutely beautiful Perhaps a deceptively simple story if that makes sense My favorite quotes, which keep lingering in my mind There was a bird perched above us in a leafless tree, a little grey thing, a sparrow or a wren We all looked up, hoping it would sing, but it was silent as stone We had to laugh then, all three of us Just our luck, Margot said, a mute Maybe it s resting, my mother insisted Maybe it sang the most beautiful song in the world right before we got here The bird stared down at us from a wavering branch You never know By then, the rain was falling harder, but none of us paid the least bit of attention We didn t even blink Exactly, I had to agree You never can tell p 128 9 The real reason Jill and Gretel haven t seen each other much in the past two years has nothing to do with Eddie At least not in that way It s jealousy, that s the problem it s coveting something you d never actually want in real life but still desire in your dreams The silliest dreams, the ones you simply can t shake, even now when you re not a kid any and should know better than to traffic in envy Each wants a bit of the other s life Not the whole thing of course, not the lonlieness or the exhaustion, just the best parts, the prizes p 188 9

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