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✷ The Story Sisters Epub ✺ Author Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us

The Story Sisters The Story Sisters Charts The Lives Of Three Sisters Elv, Claire, And Meg 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 Own Imagination Inhabiting Their World Are A Charismatic Man Who Cannot Tell The Truth, A Neighbor Who Is Not Who He Appears To Be, A Clumsy Boy In Paris Who Falls In Love And Stays There, A Detective Who Finds His Heart S Desire, And A Demon Who Will Not Let GoWhat Does A Mother Do When One Of Her Children Goes Astray How Does She Save One Daughter Without Sacrificing The Others How Deep Can Love Go, And How Far Can It Take You These Are The Questions This Luminous Novel Asks At Once A Coming Of Age Tale, A Family Saga, And A Love Story Of Erotic Longing, The Story Sisters Sifts Through The Miraculous And The Mundane As The Girls Become Women And Their Choices Haunt Them, Change Them And, Finally, Redeem Them It Confirms Alice Hoffman S Reputation As A Writer Whose Keen Ear For The Measure Struck By The Beat Of The Human Heart Is Unparalleled The Chicago Tribune

✷ The Story Sisters  Epub ✺ Author Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us
  • Hardcover
  • 325 pages
  • The Story Sisters
  • Alice Hoffman
  • English
  • 09 February 2019
  • 0307393860

    10 thoughts on “✷ The Story Sisters Epub ✺ Author Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us


  1. says:

    There really needs to be a 6th star for Alice Hoffman When I see that there is a new novel out, I get butterflies in my stomach in antipation of the joy that is about to be held in my hands Before I turn the cover, I am like a child again on Xmas morning just before the household wakes, and it is time for presents to be opened I cancel life, and settle in for my journey My breath shortens as I read, and my heart swells amidst the beauty of her words and the love that she paints sometimes There really needs to be a 6th star for Alice Hoffman When I see that there is a new novel out, I get butterflies in my stomach in antipation of the joy that is about to be held in my hands Before I turn the cover, I am like a child again on Xmas morning just before the household wakes, and it is time for presents to be opened I cancel life, and settle in for my journey My breath shortens as I read, and my heart swells amidst the beauty of her words and the love that she paints sometimes amidst the darkest of pages and the unlikeliest of hearts Alice Hoffman simply does take my breath away and as I immerse myself into the world she invites me to visit, it is like being enveloped in a moist and fragrant garden inhabited by magical creatures who reaffirm life and love As the final page approaches, a small knot of fear takes hold what if this is the best book ever Will I be disappointed in everything else from today Thankfully, Alice keeps on writing, and they keep getting better and better, so whilst I reluctantly reach the last page and farewell the characters I have come to love, I go back to the world filled with hope that one day, soon, another Hoffman will hit the shelves and my literary Xmas Day will begin all over again


  2. says:

    I loved this book


  3. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Perhaps aapt title for this book would be Four Funerals and a Wedding It started with such promise a secret language shared between sisters, a private world, a shared tragedy For the first half of the book, I was enthralled with the dark and troubled Elv, the oldest daughter, and her self destruction I was especially captivated by the magical elements of the novel But then halfway through, the plot degenerated into one tragedy after another I don t mind bleak and dark novels, but i Perhaps aapt title for this book would be Four Funerals and a Wedding It started with such promise a secret language shared between sisters, a private world, a shared tragedy For the first half of the book, I was enthralled with the dark and troubled Elv, the oldest daughter, and her self destruction I was especially captivated by the magical elements of the novel But then halfway through, the plot degenerated into one tragedy after another I don t mind bleak and dark novels, but it became overkill no pun intended Although there were many wonderful, beautiful passages, too often Hoffman relies on exposition to tell the story so many times I hoped she d slow down and let us linger in an actual scene, hear the characters, watch then interact with each other, but those moments were far and few between By the last third of the novel, I found myself skimming the pages to quickly finish it because I d grown so tired of it I know there are many readers out there who loved this book, which is why I chose this Hoffman novel in the first place, but I was very disappointed by the end One reader compared it to a Danielle Steele novel, and while Hoffman is a much better writer, this plot was too contrived and convenient to be satisfying If Hoffman had focused on Elv, her sisters, and their complicated ties to the wonderful, secret world of Arnelle instead of trying to juggle multiple story lines, the novel would have been a much richer, worthwhile read


  4. says:

    This satisfied my craving to experience Hoffman s special voice in a pure form and her brand of magical realism in a context that really works, that of the experience of children In every fairy tale there were always three sisters the eldest was brave, the middle one was trustworthy, and the youngest had the biggest heart of all.Elv is the oldest, Meg in the middle, and Claire the youngest, living on Long Island with divorced mother Annie She spends a lot of time at night in moon light atop t This satisfied my craving to experience Hoffman s special voice in a pure form and her brand of magical realism in a context that really works, that of the experience of children In every fairy tale there were always three sisters the eldest was brave, the middle one was trustworthy, and the youngest had the biggest heart of all.Elv is the oldest, Meg in the middle, and Claire the youngest, living on Long Island with divorced mother Annie She spends a lot of time at night in moon light atop their tall hawthorn She makes up a magical world, Arnelle, and captivates her sisters with her visions about it It was easy she said Just let go of this world They d been stolen by mortals, she whispered, given a false family They d been stripped of their magic by the charms humans used against faeries bread, metal, rope.It was a faerie tale in reverse The good and kind lived in the underworld, down twisted lanes in the woods where trout lilies grew There evil could be found walking down Nightingale Lane That s where it happened.Just what that it is will unfold slowly over the course of this novel A traumatic event in which Elv at 11 steps in to save her eight year old sister Claire and ends up taking her fate We can only see that Arnelle is a way of making sense of this impossible reality and gives Elv a purposeIn the faerie world, the old Queen was dying she was a thousand years old She had summoned Elv to her side Which of the three is the bravest She has no fear of what is wicked in the only one who is worthy She alone will follow me and be our Queen.Annie doesn t know about this event She can only wonder about her daughters persistent retreat into their own world, with its own language All were self reliant and practical, honor students any parents would be proud of to claim as their own But when the girl s mother came upon them chattering away in that language no one else could understand, when she spied maps and graphs that meant nothing to her, that defined another world, her daughters made her think of clouds, something far away and inaccessible.All goes well for awhile Elv becomes talented at dance and art, Meg is a keen reader, and Claire is diligent and kind hearted But when we first encounter the sisters as young teens, on their annual spring visit to their beloved and elegant grandmother in the Marais district of Paris, an event occurs that reveals just how disturbed Elv and Claire are It leads to a progressive breach in the relationship between the sisters From then on Elv gets wilder and turns into the nightmare of any parent, far beyond the typical drugs, sex, and rock and roll A forced stay at a special mental health facility school is in the cards for her, events of catastrophic relapse, and a long subsequent period of tragic estrangement This story has many elements of a fairy tale, one that turns from an idyllic start of purposeful bonds between sisters and a passage proceeds through horrific quests worthy of the Brothers Grimm It works as well as a powerful, realistic tale of family dysfunction and recovery That Annie and the grandmother Natalie could not catch anything about the trauma of the two girls around when it happened may not seem realistic Also, the return of Elv and the remaining family to a fair state at the end may seem too pat I forgive Hoffman for these flaws I most appreciate her ability to evoke the illusion of animism in nature and the sense of hidden purpose in one s travails and special talents, things we all feel and dismiss all too soon as we grow up This was a terrific read for me and the best of the five of her 24 novels I have read so far


  5. says:

    In my humble opinion, Alice Hoffman has either degenerated or I have outgrown her This book read like a Danielle Steels novel all incredible extremes This girl is the most beautiful girl in the world men commit suicide over her when she is a teen Everyone adores her, yet she cares for no one except her little sister She becomesandwithdrawn, sitting in a tree outside her window running off in the night barefooted to get involved in drugs and drinking and sex, because she suffe In my humble opinion, Alice Hoffman has either degenerated or I have outgrown her This book read like a Danielle Steels novel all incredible extremes This girl is the most beautiful girl in the world men commit suicide over her when she is a teen Everyone adores her, yet she cares for no one except her little sister She becomesandwithdrawn, sitting in a tree outside her window running off in the night barefooted to get involved in drugs and drinking and sex, because she suffered a trauma and could tell no one She continues on this self destructive path throughout most of the book and I would have cared if I could have suspended disbelief for just a minute One of her sisters is the smartest girl in the world, winning all the academic achievements possible The other sister is the kind hearted one In the first chapter, at the age of 11, she impulsively attempts to rescue a horse from its life of dreary work in Central Park, racing through the park with the police chasing, and holding on to the reins, though she breaks both arms, and the police shoot the horse to stop him Who are these people and what strange universe do they inhabit Everyone in this novel behaves like a creature from a fairy tale and I am not sure if this is a new style of writing or if it s just as ridiculous as it appears on its face


  6. says:

    I ran into Alice Hoffman by accident This is kinda my thing lately I ve been running into many, until then unknown to me, authors that quickly become part of my favourites list in a blink of an eye, I would say, or perhaps at the turn of a page, if you prefer.There s one word that perfectly describes Alice Hoffman s books even though I haven t read all of them yet enchanting Her words lure you to a private little world and you fall in love with it, not being able to put it down, I ran into Alice Hoffman by accident This is kinda my thing lately I ve been running into many, until then unknown to me, authors that quickly become part of my favourites list in a blink of an eye, I would say, or perhaps at the turn of a page, if you prefer.There s one word that perfectly describes Alice Hoffman s books even though I haven t read all of them yet enchanting Her words lure you to a private little world and you fall in love with it, not being able to put it down, not being able to let go But then the last page arrives, always too fast, and you can t help but stop and stare at the book s cover, wondering about the experience you ve just been through, thinking it through Or maybe that s just my thing again I truly hope not The Story Sisters is quite a dark story, and yet it is filled with hope, love and compassion It s a lesson about seconds chances not only about the ones you should give to others, but about the ones you should give yourself It also speaks of forgiveness and in the most incredible and clear way.I really don t know what else to say another stunningly beautiful book


  7. says:

    This Story is about the lives of three young girls, Elv 15, Meg 14, and Claire 12, and the challenges, evil, sorrow and, yes, even happiness at times that they encounter throughout their lives with their loving mother Annie and grandmother Natalia Ama Despite all of the trauma and losses, grandmother Ama is always there and never gives up on the sisters even from far away Paris All of the characters and animals were so well described and developed Pete and Annie s relationship was parti This Story is about the lives of three young girls, Elv 15, Meg 14, and Claire 12, and the challenges, evil, sorrow and, yes, even happiness at times that they encounter throughout their lives with their loving mother Annie and grandmother Natalia Ama Despite all of the trauma and losses, grandmother Ama is always there and never gives up on the sisters even from far away Paris All of the characters and animals were so well described and developed Pete and Annie s relationship was particularly touching Excellent read


  8. says:

    Alice Hoffman doesn t just write about magical reality, she performs it I had no idea, really, what to expect when I picked this up other than lovely prose and captivating characters, of course since no one else I know has read it yet What happened was like being grabbed by the throat and yanked into the Story sisters world Each Alice Hoffman book has me greedily reading as if starved for words and language, and when I am through, I usually feel wistful, but sated With this book, the banq Alice Hoffman doesn t just write about magical reality, she performs it I had no idea, really, what to expect when I picked this up other than lovely prose and captivating characters, of course since no one else I know has read it yet What happened was like being grabbed by the throat and yanked into the Story sisters world Each Alice Hoffman book has me greedily reading as if starved for words and language, and when I am through, I usually feel wistful, but sated With this book, the banquet was so over whelming, I had to continually stop and walk away I honestly cannot remember a book that made me cry so often At one point, my husband asked me why in the world I kept reading it if it was so sad How do you explain the magic of words and imagination to a non reader I tried explaining some of the storyline but he looked as though he was about to have me committed so I just opened the book and read him one of the descriptions of walking in Paris in the dusky twilight time Then I asked him if he could actually see it as I read He looked stunned and just nodded The sisters, their mother, the settings, the very story itself held me in their thrall, which actually felt physical, the entire time What happened to Elv changed the life of everyone who came in contact with her for years A selfless act had so many tragic consequences We d like to think that love heals everything We d like to think that life is fair on some level, and that people get what they deserve in the end We d like to believe in fairy tales And maybe all those things are true But, I think, we d also like to believe that Truth should come without pain wouldn t we


  9. says:

    When I first read this back in 2009, I gave this 4 but this time round, with it s second reading it only gets a 3 maybe I ve just grown up a little in my reading Even so, Hoffman does write delicious prose and will continue to be my guilty pleasure author.


  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Just a note I really want to give this two and a half stars, but Goodreads won t let me do that.This novel tells the story of three sisters, Claire, Meg and Elv Led by Elv, the oldest, they invent their own language, and stories of a magical underground world that only they can enter As children and young adolescents, the girls are secretive and insular, and the two younger sisters, Claire and Meg, are fascinated, envious and adoring of beautiful Elv, as are all of her classmates Elv s fairy Just a note I really want to give this two and a half stars, but Goodreads won t let me do that.This novel tells the story of three sisters, Claire, Meg and Elv Led by Elv, the oldest, they invent their own language, and stories of a magical underground world that only they can enter As children and young adolescents, the girls are secretive and insular, and the two younger sisters, Claire and Meg, are fascinated, envious and adoring of beautiful Elv, as are all of her classmates Elv s fairy tale inventions were borne largely out of a traumatic event shared by Claire and Elv as young girls, when a local schoolteacher attempted to abduct Claire Elv had pursued his car, begging to be let in, until the teacher stopped the car and she was able to signal Claire to run as he pulled Elv into the vehicle Claire was saved, but Elv was abused before she was able to escape from the teacher s house The fairy tale world and secret, bird like language became a way for Elv to feel powerful and separated from the human world in which such terrible things could happen The remainder of the novel follows the sisters and their single mother as Elv becomes increasingly troubled and frightening The loyalties between the three girls are in constant flux, and their mother struggles to save Elv from herself without pushing her away entirely.This novel had a lot of promise, and some really wonderful moments The fairy tale motif didn t become too cute, which I appreciated, and because it apppeared again and again it gave the author a lot of room for moments of magical realism within the plot There were definitely plot points that didn t ring true, though The family experiences one failure and tragedy after another, to such an extent that it becomes a little hard to swallow There are also events in the book that seem sudden and out of place, and you can almost feel where the author made a decision that something needed to happen to move things forward, making it feel less natural Overall, though certainly dark at many points, it was an entertaining and fast read, and filled my general desire to read semi magical stories in Summer

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