Saturday, July 17, 2010

Not Alice Hoffman's best

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I do enjoy Alice Hoffman but this book was kind of all over the place.

A young girl closes off from the world after her mother dies, and as an adult is the victim of a lightning strike that not only causes her temporary physical impairments, but also takes away her ability to see the color red.

Then she hooks up with a guy who's also a lightning strike victim, and their sex life is, well, hot. Literally. And then she helps her brother through a bout of cancer and lives happily ever after.

This novel was disjointed and lacked the lyrical quality and cohesion of some of Hoffman's other works, such as "Turtle Moon" or "Illumination Night."

I checked the audiobook out of the Pottstown Public Library and listened to it in my car on the way to and from central PA last week. Actress Nancy Travis voiced the book, which I thought would be cool, but she speaks with a cadence that can be a little too lulling at 11 p.m. on Route 78 east after a long week. Just sayin'...

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