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The Story Sisters
The Story Sisters
Author: Alice Hoffman
This is the story of 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 P...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780307393869
ISBN-10: 0307393860
Publication Date: 6/2/2009
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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After reading some reviews, I approached this book with caution. Words like "darker", "drug use", etc. made me apprehensive. Yes, it was all of that, but it was still a compelling read. As is usual with Alice Hoffman books, I had a difficult time putting it down. I thought the story was very good, the characters well-developed, and her usual symbolism was in abundance. Sometimes her endings are ambiguous and not neatly tied up, but I have come to expect that from Ms. Hoffman. And in most cases (including this one), a tidy ending would nullify the richness of the story. No pat endings for her! To me, it was a satisfying read. I loved it.
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I am a big fan of Hoffman. I really enjoyed this one as well. Her characters are well-developed and Hoffman has a way of capturing sadness and isolation like few other authors can. My one issue is with the ending. (Without going into detail for those of you who have not read the book), I was disappointed at how she matures the sisters. I had hoped she would bring around some of the key issues identified at the beginning to form closure and that didn't happen. There were also some plots that she brings closure to that are a little too neat, in my opinion. Finally, I was surprised at her bringing around drug use as it was very reminiscent of "Property Of". Overall, the book is very good but it is not her best, in my opinion.
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Wow, what a disappointment. A new novel from Alice Hoffman is always a cause for celebration for me. She is one of my favorite authors, but I couldn't get into this depressing story with mostly unlikeable characters. The sisters' imaginary world and secret language was annoying. Still, I look forward to her next effort.
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I've read a lot of books by Alice Hoffman, and this one surpassed even my expectations.
Simply marvelous.
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From the moment I started this book, I was hooked. I couldn't put it down. Every night I usually read a few pages of a book before I end up falling asleep with the book in my hand. Not so with this one. I was so immersed in the world of the Story sisters that I ended up reading for hours. Alice Hoffman truly delivers an engaging, wonderfully written story.
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I loved the book, as I do everything that Alice Hoffman writes. Yes, the characters are flawed and dark, but that is Hoffman's style and very true to real life. I found myself understanding the turmoil the main protagonist, Elv, faced her whole life and how it led her towards a downward spiral to destroying herself and her family. In the end, we find that each character's love prevails even when they are no longer there. I found myself not wanting the book to end. And again, Hoffman's attention to detail and respect for the magic of nature is illustrated in her eloquent writing.