The author of Here on Earth and The River King presents a "stunning and hypnotic" novel that "interweaves past and present with piercing images and unfailing energy" (Publishers Weekly).
Author Biography: Alice Hoffman is the author of Property Of, The Drowning Season, Angel Landing, White Horses, Illumination Night, Fortune's Daughter, At Risk, Seventh Heaven, Turtle Moon, Second Nature, Practical Magic, Here on Earth, Local Girls, The River King, and Blue Diary.
About the Author
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, Practical Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.
Date of Birth:March 16, 1952
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974
What People are Saying About This
"A triumph." —Los Angeles Times
"Absolutely magical...one of the best books I have ever read." —Chicago Sun-Times
"A superb novel." —John Irving
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Esther the Black was born to hate her grandmother. Her father named her as an insult to his mother, Esther the White. Everyone knows you don't name a child after the living, only the dead. Because Esther the White rules the family with harsh words and a hating heart, even insisting that the family live in seclusion, Esther the Black has had a compromised upbringing. She longs for the day when she can escape not only Long Island, but her grandmother as well. But, then there is the grandmother's view of the world. She bears resentment for having to raise her son's child while he fantasizes about suicide every summer and his wife tilts the gin bottle back a little too often. Each generation, grandmother and granddaughter, has her own demons to battle. The Drowning Season is the story of how they go to battle against each other and eventually, when love conquers all, for each other.
weird characters of unloved people. Esther has a son Phillip who always wants to drown himself( perhaps not) Phillip has a daughter Esther the black who is also unloved and can't wait to leave the family compound. Uncle Max sold to a circus as a dwarf when he was 10 so his sister and 'not'brother could escape and eventually marry. Esther the white has a beaut. gemstone as a safety net of riches if she should need them. Not my favorite Hoffman book but definitely a good one.
I've read other books by this author and this was my least favorite. It took a while to get going without ever getting a true path to where the story was headed