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Here on Earth/Hoffman, Alice/Trade/0701164905/S048-A2
Chatto & Windus
Seductive and compelling, Alice Hoffman's new novel takes us into the heart of a consuming, addictive love. March Murray returns with her teenage daughter to the small town where she grew up, for a funeral, and finds herself being drawn back into a life she had thought was over. Hollis, the boy she loved, the man she can't seem to stay away from, was adopted as a wild young boy by March's carelessly philanthropic father, and has been waiting for twenty years for her return. Alice Hoffman takes these passionate, echoing themes and brings them to earth in the marshlands of New England, where foxes used to run wild and men still fear to go alone. Evoking with warmth and humour the tempo of small-town life, she lovingly explores a network of overlapping relationships, each with its own secrets and surprises. Here on earth, it seems, there's no such thing as a perfect love - except perhaps that of a fifteen-year-old girl for a wild horse. Gripping, sensual and beautifully written, 'Here on Earth' is a resonant novel which explores the joys of love, and its dangers, in a world that is intensely alive and superbly engaging.