- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (27 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007351526
- ISBN-13: 978-0007351527
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
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'When it comes to blending magic and the mundane routines of life, there's no finer writer than Alice Hoffman - but even she has outdone herself with her latest novel. THE STORY SISTERS hearkens back to the classic fairy tale, where one must suffer fear and loss before stumbling upon a happy ending. Hoffman reminds us with every sentence that words have the power to transport us to alternate worlds, to heal a broken heart, and to tie us irrevocably to the people we love.' Jodi Picoult
'"Little Women" on mushrooms.' New York Times Book Review
'This bewitching novel explores the bonds of sisterhood like a haunting modern fairy tale.' Glamour
'The always dazzling Hoffman has outdone herself in this bewitching weave of psychologically astute fantasy and shattering realism….this is an entrancing and romantic drama shot through with radiant beauty and belief in human resilience and transformation.' Booklist (starred review)
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This book is primarily about the long term effect that traumatic abuse can have on a person, and how it changes their personality and behavior in ways that the people around them can't understand. I found it very refreshing to read a book that doesn't sugarcoat anything, and I commend Alice Hoffman for having the courage to write a book like this, addressing a topic that most people would rather pretend doesn't exist. Elv is a victim who decided to create her own reality because she couldn't accept the one she was handed, and nobody around her even noticed that she wasn't okay until it was too late. She is not "an awful, selfish person trying to bring everyone else down with her," she is a victim struggling to cope without anything resembling a functional support network. It is not a happy story, it is an authentic story that forces you to pay attention to the dark and painful reality that exists for at least some of the women who smile at you every day.
I have recommended this book to friends who are having trouble understanding random and unexplained behavior changes in a loved one after a traumatic experience. Read this book if you want to learn, grow, and have some empathy for the 1 out of 3 women who have been assaulted. Pass if you're looking for an escapist fantasy novel to make you feel warm and fuzzy.
One day Elv and her sister Claire were walking home after swimming and a car drove up. The man inside was a teacher from their school and he told Claire to get in the car. As he started to drive away Elv ran next to the car and demanded he let her in. She jumped into the car and told Claire in their secret language I'm here to save you, get out. Claire obeyed her big sister and the man drove away with Elv.
The Story sisters lives were forever changed that day. Elv never told anyone what happened to her that day and swore her sister to secrecy. Elv began telling fantastical stories about fairies and demons that the girls at school yearned for. She told them to stay away from rope, steel and bread because that is how demons capture young girls and enslave them.
The story of the sisters is told from their childhood through adolescents and into late adulthood. Each sister takes a different path but each of them had their sorrows and their successes. The characters feel very real, not just the sisters but also their mother and the other relatives. The plot was fast paced and for me it was hard too put down. This is a great story.
Sensitive, passionate scenes of desire, longing, anger, grief and fear, the book speaks to the love of family, to true love, to the love of life, and to possibilities. Recommended.