Alice Hoffman Read-Alikes

Alice Hoffman, author of Practical Magic and Here on Earth, will discuss her new book The Story Sisters on June 16, 2009 at the Plaza Branch. If you’re a fan of Hoffman’s work, you might enjoy these novels.

By Alice Hoffman

The Story Sisters book jacket

The Story Sisters
By Alice Hoffman
A family is shattered when one of three sisters dies tragically in an automobile accident. How the family survives--separates, reconfigures, and reconciles--is at the heart of this exquisite exploration of the ties that bind.

The Third Angel
By Alice Hoffman
Three mesmerizing tales of love and betrayal, inspiration and despair, survival and hope, brilliantly interact as characters merge from one fictional incarnation to the next.

The Ice Queen
By Alice Hoffman
This tale depicts a small town librarian struck by lightning who finds her frozen heart suddenly burning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks a new beginning. She goes searching for Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor. She finds him, a man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches.

Seventh Heaven book jacket

Seventh Heaven
By Alice Hoffman
In the late 1950s, when Nora Silk moves into Hemlock Street, the neighbors are shocked by her Toreador pants and scandalous behavior. But when they get to know her, they begin to see other things in Nora--and this Long Island town will never be the same.

The Probable Future
By Alice Hoffman
Women of the Sparrow family have unusual gifts, especially Stella who has a disturbing clairvoyance. In Hoffman's latest tour de force, this intriguing cast of characters confronts a haunting past--and a very current murder--against the evocative backdrop of small-town New England.

Here on Earth
By Alice Hoffman
After 19 years in California, March Murray returns to the small Massachusetts town where she grew up and reignites her relationship with Hollis. As her past catches up with her, March discovers the heartbreaking and complex truth about the reckless and romantic love with her childhood sweetheart.

Practical Magic
By Alice Hoffman
Sisters Sally and Gillian Owen are determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society. But both find that they cannot elude their magic-filled past. And when trouble strikes--in the form of a menacing backyard ghost--the sisters must not only reunite three generations of Owens women but embrace their magic as a gift--and their key to a future of love and passion.

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If you like Alice Hoffman, you might enjoy…

Like Water for Chocolate book jacket

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, With Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
By Laura Esquivel
Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

Bright Angel Time
By Martha McPhee
The time is the early 1970s. Eight-year-old Kate and her two sisters adopt a life on the road when their divorced and devastated mother falls in love with someone new. Introduced to a lifestyle marked by license and a strange freedom, poker and alcohol, and exposure to sex and drugs, the girls fall into a way of living that is vastly different from the one they knew with their geologist father. And it is with him, amid the beauty of his beloved Grand Canyon, that adult distraction and carelessness finally threaten to explode and ruin Kate's life. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Child of My Heart
By Alice McDermott
McDermott's haunting work is narrated by a woman who was born beautiful. On the cusp of 15, her witty, deeply etched evocation of all that was really transpiring under the surface during a seemingly idyllic season gives her wry tale its remarkable vividness and impact.

26a book jacket

26a
By Diana Evans
In the attic room at 26 Waifer Avenue, identical twins Georgia and Bessi Hunter share nectarines and forge their identities, while escaping from the sadness and danger that inhabit the floors below. But innocence lasts for only so long--and dreams, no matter how vivid and powerful, cannot slow the relentless incursion of the real world.

Buster Midnight's Cafe
By Sandra Dallas
Follow May Ann Kovacks as she journeys from the dusty streets of Butte, Montana, to the glamour of 1940's Hollywood. As her fame grows, only the ties she shares with her two best friends from home can save her from scandal and betrayal.

The Sorrows of an American: A Novel
By Siri Hustvedt
The Sorrows of an American is a soaring feat of storytelling about the immigrant experience and the ghosts that haunt families from one generation to another. When Erik Davidsen and his sister, Inga, find a disturbing note from an unknown woman among their dead father's papers, they believe he may be implicated in a mysterious death. This book tells the story of the Davidsen family as brother and sister uncover its secrets and unbandage its wounds in the year following their father's funeral.

The Vagabonds
By Nicholas Delbanco
The critically acclaimed author of Old Score tells a sweeping family saga that delves into the nature of inheritance and the effect it has on one American family.

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