The Drowning Season

The Drowning Season

by Alice Hoffman

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The matriarch of a Long Island clan with a stubbornly suicidal son and a defiant, restless granddaughter, Esther has hired a Russian landscaper to watch over the family as well as the grounds of their secluded waterfront estate. But he has been watching Esther, too. And his love for her is growing wild enough to uproot them all.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483021041
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, Practical MagicThe Marriage of OppositesThe Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on EarthThe Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

March 16, 1952

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974

Table of Contents

Part One: Two EsthersPart Two: Natural HistoryPart Three: BloodlinesPart Four: Gathering the Nets

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"A triumph." —Los Angeles Times

"Absolutely of the best books I have ever read." —Chicago Sun-Times

"A superb novel." —John Irving

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The Drowning Season 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
hammockqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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