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Here on Earth

Hoffman, Alice (Book - 1997 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A middle-aged woman, along with her fifteen-year-old daughter, returns to her small Massachusetts hometown for the funeral of the housekeeper who raised her and finds herself thrust into the lives of the people she left behind

Blackwell North Amer
After nearly twenty years of living in California, March Murray, along with her fifteen-year-old daughter, Gwen, returns to the small Massachusetts town where she grew up, to attend the funeral of Judith Dale, the beloved housekeeper who raised her. Thrust into the world of her past, March slowly realizes the complexity of the choices made by those around her, including Mrs. Dale, who knew more of love than March could have ever suspected; Alan, the brother whose tragic history has left him grief-stricken, with alcohol his only solace; and Hollis, the boy she loved, the man she can't seem to stay away from.

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A middle-aged woman, along with her fifteen-year-old daughter, returns to her small Massachusetts hometown for the funeral of the housekeeper who raised her and finds herself thrust into the lives of the people she left behind. 100,000 first printing. Lit Guild Feat Alt. Tour.

Authors: Hoffman, Alice
Title: Here on Earth
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1997
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 0399143130
Statement of Responsibility: Alice Hoffman
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Fiction Massachusetts Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
LCCN: 97005382
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Dec 06, 2013
  • oboechica88 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The prose was beautiful as always with Alice Hoffman's work. I thought it was very well-written, especially in her ability to use every character and every action for a specific reason. It just wasn't for me. The subject material and the way it was approached was a little darker than I liked. I probably would have liked it if I had really felt a connection with any of the main characters. Without that connection, it made it really hard for me to wade through. A good book - just not for me. For a full review, head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

Nov 08, 2012
  • BTVS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A well written and thought provoking story as we can always expect from this author. What happens when a father introduces a ‘cuckoo’ child into his family and into his community. The best of intentions, to rescue an orphan lead to his own son’s and daughter’s ultimate destruction and nearly destroys the next generation through his grandchildren. It is difficult to read about abuse of race horses, but there is no graphic detail and the insurance frauds are a reality that have allowed the bad apple, Hollis, to get enough money to buy the town that was kind to him and emasculate the men of the town through his relationships with their women. This is a haunting story which finally leads to redemption through the generosity of the grandson who is mature beyond his years.

Mar 10, 2011
  • nic03red rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book, but it is darker than I thought it would be. Not really the love story I had imagined. I really felt sorry for some of the characters. If you like darker novels than you would like this book.

Sep 09, 2010
  • sue345678 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Disappointing read! It should have been called Hell on Earth. It really isn't a love story it is cruel manipulation.

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