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The Story Sisters (2009)

av Alice Hoffman

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Elv, Claire, and Meg are the Story Sisters, and each has a fate she must meet alone. One on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. At once a coming-of-age tale, a family saga, and a love story of erotic longing.
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Being one of three sisters is complicated at the best of times; and I should know, as I’m the oldest of a pretty challenging trio. Hoffman explores this complex set of relationships in the Story Sisters, weaving a tale that feels like a modern fairytale even though it is grounded in the harshness (and beauty) of reality. We see Elv, Meg, and Claire grow up and explore the world from the time they are young girls to their early-middling age, facing secretive challenges, inventing a made up world of escape, and growing closer and then inevitably apart. The world of sisters is almost never one of lightness and ease, even though the picturesque expectation remains, and the Story sisters are no exception. Hovering over them is a secret kept between Elv and Claire, of a day where terrible things happen and everything changes. Hoffman never describes the event, but from the start of the novel we can feel the event darkening the girls’ world, with things only growing darker as calamity and loss leave their own small scars. Most of the events are actually rather mundane when seen from a distance - drug use and mental health issues are all too common, family separations routine, and sometimes people just grow apart - but Hoffman writes her story and characters so compellingly that a soft haze of magic seems to sparkle over everything. The glitter may at times be dark, but without the darkness the points of light could not shine so brightly and make even the most mundane of happenings compelling. Throughout her novels, it is this seeing the world from a unique angle that makes her stories so enjoyable and so readable, and by the end of each tale making her readers see our own world infused with small hints of magic. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
I'm over half way and I don't agree with anyone that would say this is magical realism or fantasy. It is very much realistic fiction. And, the description of this book seems off. The horrors of the human soul, the consequences these people deal with. There is a slow, subtle destruction of the characters in this book and it is so realistic. There is mental illness caused by an abduction and implied rape of a child, drug abuse, neglect, death all tied to the original horrific event.
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It is the same narrator as the audiobook of The Third Angel. I was disappointed at first but that eventually washed away and I think she does a great job. It was that I pictured her voice as an adult character's voice because of that last story. She does a nice job changing the sound for the children and the mother and the grandmother.
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It took me awhile to love the book and be committed to the story. I'm about half way and am once again in love and awe of Hoffman's skill. ( )
  Seayla2020 | Nov 21, 2020 |
Not my favorite book by Hoffmann but enjoyable. Northpoint Harbor Long Island, the book's setting seems suspiciously like Northport, near my own home town.
And... Paris! The settings alone make it a good read.
The main character is so unlkeable I almost abandoned the book at one point. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
In het begin had ik nog al wat problemen met dit boek. Ik vond het maar vaag en een beetje apart. Maar naarmate ik erin vorderde vond ik het toch wel beter worden. Het gaat over 3 zusjes en hoe hun leven zich ontwikkeld gedurende de 15 tot 20 jaar dat het verhaal ze volgt. Elv is de oudste en gaat het pad op van verslaving en criminaliteit, Meg is de middelste, zij is het rustigst en leest heel veel boeken, (Er zitten dat ook veel verwijzingen in naar de boeken van Nathaniel Hawthorne en Virginia Woolf), Claire is de jongste en zij is de trouwe schaduw van haar oudste zus. Ook is het het verhaal van Annie, hun moeder, en Natalia, hun grootmoeder. Prima verhaal. ( )
  connie53 | Aug 16, 2019 |
Beautiful

This is a beautiful book that had me in tears several times. It was difficult to read after it made me sad but at the same time I just had to finish reading it. ( )
  cassie.peters1 | Aug 6, 2019 |
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In Alice Hoffman’s new novel, three long-haired sisters are stolen from their “faerie” family by mortals, stripped of their magic and given a false name. I could be wrong about that. That could be just a story the eldest sister tells her siblings...The last act grows a bit histrionic and narrative strands are over-tangled, then too neatly tied up, but Hoffman’s writing is so lovely and her female characters so appealing that it almost doesn’t matter. In the end, “The Story Sisters,” for all its magic realism, is about a family navigating through motherhood, sisterhood, daughterhood. It’s “Little Women” on mushrooms.

tillagd av vancouverdeb | ändraNew York Times (Feb 6, 2011)
 
It's a rare year that doesn't bring a novel from Alice Hoffman, and those who follow this maddeningly uneven writer have learned to cast a wary eye on each new offering....The Story Sisters," actually, is In-Between Alice: excessive and over-determined but ultimately so moving that it overwhelms these faults.
 

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Elv, Claire, and Meg are the Story Sisters, and each has a fate she must meet alone. One on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. At once a coming-of-age tale, a family saga, and a love story of erotic longing.

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