Here on Earth

Here on Earth

Book - 1997
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In a review of Hoffman's previous novel, Practical Magic , Booklist wrote, "magic, fantasy, and full-tilt love-at-first-sight have figured in all of Hoffman's sexy, funny, and endearing novels. . . . in Hoffman's universe, all boundaries between inner and outer realms are erased. Fear brings whipping winds, a malevolent spirit causes lilac bushes to achieve monstrous proportions, and love turns the air sweet and golden, melts butter, and makes everyone giddy." In Here on Earth , the darker, obsessive side of love is revealed in all of its power, and with all the havoc it wreaks.

After nearly twenty years of living in California, March Murray, along with her fifteen-year-old daughter, Gwen, returns to the sleepy Massachusetts town where she grew up to attend the funeral of Judith Dale, the beloved housekeeper who raised her. Yet returning to her hometown also brings her back to Hollis, March's former soul mate and lover. March's father had taken the teenaged Hollis, an abandoned child, and the product of a series of detention homes, into his house as a boarder, and treated him like a son. Yet March and Hollis's passionate love was hardly a normal sibling relationship. When Hollis left her after a petty fight, March waited for him three long years, wondering what she had done wrong.

Encountering Hollis again makes March acutely aware of the choices that she has made, and the choices everyone around her has made--including Mrs. Dale, who knew more of love than March could ever have suspected, and her brother Alan, whose tragic history has left him grief-struck, with alcohol as his only solace. Her attraction to Hollis is overwhelming--and March jeopardizes her marriage, her relationship with her daughter and her own happiness in an attempt to reclaim the past.

"Hoffman conveys the mesmerizing lure of a lost love with haunting sensuality," Publishers Weekly, said in an advance review and Library Journal said: "Hoffman takes great care here to examine the many facets of love and relationships, turning them like a prism to reflect on March and Hollis."

With Here on Earth , Alice Hoffman achieves once again the "iridescent prose, taut narrative suspense and alluring atmosphere" that The Boston Globe cites as her hallmark. Erotic, disturbing and compelling, this is without a doubt Alice Hoffman's most unforgettable novel.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c1997
ISBN: 9780425167311
Branch Call Number: FIC Hoffm
FIC/Hoffm 359402 1
Characteristics: 293 p


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Apr 27, 2015

Timeless- One of my favourites, a wonderful heart-touching read. I cried I cried I cried!

Dec 30, 2014

I'm surprised the other reviewers didn't comment on the fact that this is a retelling of Wuthering Heights. Like that novel, the story is really not a romance, but rather a tale of an abusive, obsessed and destructive relationship. There is no happy ending for the main characters. If you enjoy Alice Hoffman, then you should read this one as well.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 27, 2014

Here is an author who continues to mesmerize her readers with stories of love that are darkly erotic, magical and always spellbinding.

Aug 23, 2014

Emily Brontee's Wuthering Heights on Viagra. Very upsetting if you are a classics lover. This book is just an excuse for a writer to capitalize on the work of a great writer.

Dec 05, 2013

The prose was beautiful as always with Alice Hoffman's work. I thought it was very well-written, especially in her ability to use every character and every action for a specific reason. It just wasn't for me. The subject material and the way it was approached was a little darker than I liked. I probably would have liked it if I had really felt a connection with any of the main characters. Without that connection, it made it really hard for me to wade through. A good book - just not for me. For a full review, head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

A well written and thought provoking story as we can always expect from this author. What happens when a father introduces a ‘cuckoo’ child into his family and into his community. The best of intentions, to rescue an orphan lead to his own son’s and daughter’s ultimate destruction and nearly destroys the next generation through his grandchildren. It is difficult to read about abuse of race horses, but there is no graphic detail and the insurance frauds are a reality that have allowed the bad apple, Hollis, to get enough money to buy the town that was kind to him and emasculate the men of the town through his relationships with their women. This is a haunting story which finally leads to redemption through the generosity of the grandson who is mature beyond his years.

Mar 10, 2011

I enjoyed this book, but it is darker than I thought it would be. Not really the love story I had imagined. I really felt sorry for some of the characters. If you like darker novels than you would like this book.

Sep 09, 2010

Disappointing read! It should have been called Hell on Earth. It really isn't a love story it is cruel manipulation.

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