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Fawcett 1988 0449215946 / 9780449215944 Paperback Good 
"Subtle touches...make this intelligent novel shine. Ms. Hoffman knows how to tell a story." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Set on Martha's Vineyard, here is a stunning novel that brings that beautiful island to vivid life--a novel that weaves together the lives of a little boy, an elderly woman, a blond giant, a young couple, and a teenaged girl...lives of intense erotic longing, of quiet understanding, of willful determination. It is a novel of magic and mystery, and a literary event that confirms Alice Hoffman as one of our finest and most compelling writers. 
Price: 250.00 JPY
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Penguin Group (USA) 1998 0425168468 / 9780425168462 Paperback Very Good+ 
Practical Magic is a tale of two sisters, Gillian and Sally Owens, brought up by their two elderly guardian aunts in a world of spells and exotica fro m which they eventually escape - one by running away, the other by marrying - but which never escapes from them. Many years go by before strange circu mstances thrust them together again, and again they are in a world that ble nds the mundane and the mysterious, the familiar and the fantastic, the nor mal and the numinous. Three generations of Owens women are then united in a n experience of unexpected insight and revelation, teaching all of them tha t the perceptions provided by what is called the magical are rare and wonde rful endowments. 
Price: 400.00 JPY
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Penguin Group (USA) 2001 0425179672 / 9780425179673 Paperback Near Fine 
Like Ishmael, the narrator of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, the omniscient t eller of Alice Hoffman's The River King has a profound affinity for water. Unlike Ishmael, whose story ends tragically, this narrator, and we, her rea ders, find in the water's depths the perfect metaphor for the rushing curre nts of life. For this reason, water is everywhere in Hoffman's latest foray into North American magic realism. There are countless floods and storms, overcoat pockets gushing with river water, a swimming pool as haunted as an y house-on-the-hill, a newborn child set in the rushes of the river like th e baby Moses. The setting is Hadden, Massachusetts, which is also the name of the town's elite boarding school, and the river that runs through them both. Here we encounter a large and compelling cast of characters, both "townies" and Hadden School faculty and students, all of them caught up in a mystery that revolves around a death that seems to be a suicide. In what often feels like literary sleight-of-hand, Hoffman brings her players on stage to play their scenes with such grace that you almost forget that you haven't known them for years. 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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Berkley 1995 0425146812 / 9780425146811 Paperback Good 
While trying to cope with a divorce and a troubled teenaged son, Robin Moor e impulsively decides to hide a institutionalized man in her suburban home, with dire consequences for the community and her own feelings. Reprint. 
Price: 450.00 JPY
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Fawcett 1991 0449220184 / 9780449220184 Paperback Near Fine 
In the full flowering of her extraordinary talent, Hoffman has produced a w ise, poignant and uplifting novel luminous with the sensitive evocation of ordinary lives. The setting is a Long Island, N.Y., housing development fro m 1959 to 1960, a place of conforming, happy families where husbands mow th e lawns of the tract houses and wives meet for coffee, where "safety hung o ver the neighborhood like a net." The arrival of Nora Silk, a brassy divorc ee with two young children, is the catalyst for disturbing changes and even ts, some of them violent. Plucky, impetuous, innocently seductive and a mes sy housekeeper, Nora is anathema to the subdivision wives, who ostracize he r and whose children torment her eight-year-old clairvoyant son, Billy. But as Nora's presence disturbs the community, it is slowly revealed that behi nd the identical facades of the houses are secret lives of turmoil, restles sness and longing. As in all Hoffman novels, mundane existence is disrupted in surprising ways: families disintegrate, a teenager dies, a placid house wife disappears. And ultimately Nora, whose optimism about her dead-end lif e is unquenchable, becomes an instrument of healing. Hoffman has intuitive grasp of the thoughts and feelings that are masked by conventional behavior . Like some of her characters, she seems to have a spooky ability to read t houghts; how else to account for her unerring understanding of people of ne arly every age and across a broad social spectrum? She has a gift for perce iving the cruelty of children and the wide gulf that yawns between the most loving, attentive parents and their offspring's unknown wishes and deeds. 
Price: 400.00 JPY
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Signet 1993 0451178157 / 9780451178152 Paperback Very Good 
The matriarch of a Long Island clan with a stubbornly suicidal son and a de fiant, restless granddaughter, Esther has hired a Russian landscaper to wat ch over the family as well as the grounds of their secluded waterfront esta te. But he has been watching Esther, too. And his love for her is growing w ild enough to uproot them all. The author of Here on Earth and The River King presents a "stunning and hypnotic" novel that "interweaves past and present with piercing images and unfailing energy" (Publishers Weekly). 
Price: 400.00 JPY
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Berkley Publishing Group 1993 042513699X / 9780425136997 Paperback Near Fine 
Combining aspects of a suspense thriller and a romance, and including such surefire elements as an abandoned baby, a youngster on the verge of juvenil e delinquency who is reformed, two dogs and a supernatural character who pr ovides the requisite touch of fantasy, Hoffman's new novel has commercial s uccess written all over it. 
Price: 400.00 JPY
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