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Here on Earth (Oprah's Book Club) (utgåvan 1999)

av Alice Hoffman

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March breaks up with her boyfriend, Hollis, and marries another. Twenty years later she visits her hometown, Hollis is a widower, and the romance resumes. But March forgot how violent he is.
Medlem:SilverBird
Titel:Here on Earth (Oprah's Book Club)
Författare:Alice Hoffman
Info:Berkley (1999), Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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I'm giving this book a 4 because even though I just liked it - it has stuck with me. I'm so glad to learn about Alice Hoffman and I am excited to read more from her. I almost stopped reading this book from some of the other Goodreads comments but I think the haters misunderstood what the book was about. More than affairs of the heart and adultery I think this book was about abuse and regrets. I think there are many more instances of real abuse where the abuser has unseemly power over the victim where everything ends badly. The ending of this story was perfect and just.
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  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
One of the better books from Oprah's book club. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
Beautiful treatment of some familiar themes: "coming home" and "abusive relationships".

March Murray returns to her childhood home when the woman who was her caretaker - nanny, housekeeper, cook - dies. Judith Dale took over when March's mother died when March was very young, and stayed in the family house after the Murray family had all left it, by permission. March is here in Jenkintown, on the east coast, with her teenage daughter Gwen, to attend the funeral and to attend to Judith's remaining possessions.

March's husband Richard did not come along. He has many classes and field trips to manage. He did, however, grow up here too, and has reason to be concerned about Marsh's trip.

When March was small, her father arrived one day with a boy a few years older than she, Hollis, who had apparently been scraping out a living on his own. He was in pretty bad shape and had little experience with a normal life. March's father simply announced that Hollis was one of the family now. Unfortunately, not everyone in the family was happy to include him. March's older brother Alan feels a great deal of resentment at this intruder and never fails to find ways to remind Hollis that he is not really a member of the family. March, on the other hand, becomes quite fond of Hollis.

As she grows older, she becomes more than fond. There is a quality about Hollis that draws her irresistibly, and he is similarly drawn to her. Their relationship becomes so intense that March manages to miss a lot of the rest of her life. She spends her time either with Hollis or thinking about him.

But it isn't all happy sailing. There comes a time when Hollis demands March's attention in a way that irritates her and she tells him to go away. He does. And he does not come back. Eventually March goes on with her life but she secretly carries around her love for Hollis and knows she can never love anyone else the same way.

Now it is nineteen years since she has set foot in this town and she knows Hollis is here, living here, still. She tells herself she will not see him but others know better. Hollis himself waits, knowing she will come to him.

By this time Hollis has become a rich man and owns half the town. He has been married once, but that wife died. He lives with Alan's son, whom he has "adopted" after Alan took to drink and failed to care for the boy. Hollis may be able to buy out anyone else in the town but he's not well liked, except by the women he lets in from time to time.

What happens when March and Hollis finally meet? Where does it lead? The romance of the century turns out to be different "here on earth" than it was in fantasy. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Unfortunately, this is the first Alice Hoffman novel I read...I only forged ahead to a couple of her other works through encouragement from my aunt.

At first the book seemed slightly promising; a woman and her daughter returning to a childhood home that holds a lot of memories. But very quickly, I realized I really didn't like March. She seemed whiny, indecisive, and just very lost in general. And then, as soon as we started getting the picture on Hollis, the bad taste in my mouth got worse. An dark, suave, but highly abusive, insecure, and often downright nasty man? And March is still passionately in love with this guy?

Their relationship grew more and more painful to read, culminating in it being downright revolting. I was horrified at the terrible damage that March's stupidity had inflicted on her daughter and others in the town by the end, and her revelation at the end had no meaning because of how sudden and utterly obvious it was.

As is usual with these books, there are one or two redeeming characters that keep the book from becoming truly awful. March's savvy teenage daughter Gwen, who sees everything her mother blindly ignores, is one of them. The bond she forms with the horse and her relationship with the gentle Hank, another redeeming character, are sweet. Otherwise, this book felt like one skewed moral after another. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
I waited way too long for anything to get going in this book and it finally did...in the last few chapters. I am disappointed by yet another "Oprah pick". ( )
  LizBurkhart | Sep 5, 2019 |
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