Alice Hoffman Birthday Blog Hop

Alice Hoffman's Birthday Blog Hop Today I’m joining in with Heidi and others to celebrate the birthday of writer Alice Hoffman.

About the author :-
Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston and New York.

Hoffman’s first novel, PROPERTY OF, was written at the age of twenty-one, while she was studying at Stanford, and published shortly thereafter by Farrar Straus and Giroux. She credits her mentor, professor and writer Albert J. Guerard, and his wife, the writer Maclin Bocock Guerard, for helping her to publish her first short story in the magazine Fiction. Editor Ted Solotaroff then contacted her to ask if she had a novel, at which point she quickly began to write what was to become PROPERTY OF, a section of which was published in Mr. Solotaroff’s magazine, American Review.

Since that remarkable beginning, Alice Hoffman has become one of our most distinguished novelists. She has published a total of sixteen novels, two books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her novel, HERE ON EARTH, an Oprah Book Club choice, was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte’s masterpiece Wuthering Heights. PRACTICAL MAGIC was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novel, AT RISK, which concerns a family dealing with AIDS, can be found on the reading lists of many universities, colleges and secondary schools. Hoffman’s advance from LOCAL GIRLS, a collection of inter-related fictions about love and loss on Long Island, was donated to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. BLACKBIRD HOUSE is a book of stories centering around an old farm on Cape Cod. Hoffman’s recent books include AQUARMARINE and INDIGO, novels for pre-teens, and The New York Times bestsellers THE RIVER KING, BLUE DIARY, THE PROBABLE FUTURE, and THE ICE QUEEN. GREEN ANGEL, a post-apocalyptic fairy tale about loss and love, was published by Scholastic and THE FORETELLING, a book about an Amazon girl in the Bronze Age, was published by Little Brown. This fall Little Brown published the teen novel INCANTATION, a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, which Publishers Weekly has chosen as one of the best books of the year. In January 2007, SKYLIGHT CONFESSIONS, a novel about one family’s secret history, was released on the 30th anniversary of the publication of Hoffman’s first novel.

Hoffman’s work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People Magazine. She has also worked as a screenwriter and is the author of the original screenplay “Independence Day,” a film starring Kathleen Quinlan and Diane Weist. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Self, and other magazines. Her teen novel AQUAMARINE was recently made into a film starring Emma Roberts. (supplied from goodreads)

My first venture into Alice Hoffman’s books was with the reading of The Dovekeepers and it earned an impressive 4 stars from me and thats saying a lot as I can be quite hard on handing them out and this book certainly will be counted among my best reads of 2013.

I’ve recently taken out her book The Story Sisters from my local library and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in.

Going my my first read of this author I hope to enjoy her many other stories.

Have you read an Alice Hoffman story ?  Which was your favourite ?

To check out others partaking in the blog hop and to learn more check out the links below…

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6 Responses to Alice Hoffman Birthday Blog Hop

  1. Lelia says:

    I've read a few of her novels, I really liked the Ice Queen AND Here on Earth

  2. Ruth, Thank you for being part of the hop and posting Alice Hoffman's bio. It's impressive, isn't it? I kind of stumbled on her work, and when I read her bio recently, I was like, wow! She is awesome!If pressed, I might say The Story Sisters is my favorite, but I'm finding The Red Garden extremely enchanting and The Dovekeepers, which everyone raves about, is next on my to-read list. I read Property Of last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is worth getting just for the Introduction Alice wrote for it in August 2008. In it she defines her own works as: a new sort of fairy tale, gritty, mythic in scope but domestic and urban in setting. I think The Story Sisters is definitely THAT:) I hope you love it! It is so nice to meet you!Heidi

  3. Noree Cosper says:

    So, far I've only read Practical Magic but after this blog hop I've added a few others to my to read list. Hoffman is quite an accomplished writer.

  4. "The Dovekeepers" is surely one of my favourites, but I absolutely adore "The Ice Queen" as well. "Incantation" is also stunning. To be quite honest, I can't really choose a favourite… but reading them all sounds like a brilliant plan 😉

  5. You cannot go wrong with any of her novels, they are brilliant. Thank you for providing her titles for those new to her work, and for participating in the hop

  6. Kepanie says:

    The Dovekeepers was my first Aice Hoffman book. I loved the flow of her writing and each character intersected one another. I hope to write one day.

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