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The Drowning Season
The Drowning Season: A Novel | Alice Hoffman
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Alice Hoffmans magical novel of a Long Island family matriarch and her namesake granddaughter who discover the power the past holds over their present. Esther the Black is eighteen years old and ready to leave the Compound, the collection of cottages on the North Shore of Long Island where she has lived all her life. But as July turns to August and her family braces for the height of Drowning Season, she realizes that she may not be able to escape her familys legacy. Her father will find a way through the locked sea-wall gate and try to drown himself in the harbor, her mother will be too hung over to leave her cottage for days at a time, and her grandmother will refuse to say a single kind word. Esther the White left home when she was just a girl, fleeing her abusive parents across a frozen Russian river with a pocketful of stolen jewels. Life has taught her to be cold and unyielding, but in the heat of another fraught summer at the Compound, she feels her resolve melting away. Cohen, the landscaper and chauffeur responsible for keeping her son out of the water, looks at her with a desire she finds harder and harder to resist. Her granddaughters name may be an insult to tradition, but does that mean the poor girl should never feel her grandmothers love or know her story? Graceful, haunting, and wise, The Drowning Season casts the spell of all great fairy tales. It takes daily life and transforms it into myth as we watch (Chicago Sun-Times).
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This books reminds me of both Fates & Furies & The Book of Speculation.

And that Alice Hoffman works magic with her prose.


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I found this to be an unusual story of family secrets, tension and the struggle different generations encounter when living together. There‘s no doubt Alice Hoffman‘s writing is sublime, but this book may be more appealing to her hardcore fans rather than the wider audience. It‘s a pick for me for its beautiful prose rather than for the story itself. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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It‘s our final day in Montenegro today before embarking on our journey home early tomorrow morning. As with our arrival, we will cross over the border into Croatia and fly from Dubrovnik airport. Hopefully we won‘t be stuck in a 2-hour border queue as we were on arrival! I‘m spending my last day relaxing with the tagged book and admiring the wonderful views here in Budva and Sveti Stefan.

BookwormAHN Beautiful 💜 7mo
Ms_T @BookwormAHN It really is a special place ❤️ 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 😍 7mo
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CarolynM 😍Beautiful! 7mo
DivineDiana Love these photos! ❤️ 7mo
BarbaraBB Great pics 😍. Sveti Stefan is gorgeous. Have you been in Kotor? I‘ve stayed there for a few days once and enjoyed it a lot. 7mo
Ms_T @CarolynM It really is! 7mo
Ms_T @DivineDiana Thank you! 😊 7mo
Ms_T @BarbaraBB Thank you! We didn‘t make it to Kotor on this occasion but it will definitely be on our radar if we visit again 😃 7mo
JennyM Enjoy your last day. Looks absolutely beautiful 7mo
TrishB Gorgeous 💕💕 7mo
Cathythoughts Oh beautiful! Enjoy your last day 😘 7mo
LoveToReadLiveToRead Beautiful! Me and my hubs went to Dubrovnik a few years ago and had a trip there, so lovely, I‘d love to go back. Enjoy your last hours of holiday! X 7mo
Ms_T @JennyM @TrishB @Cathythoughts @LoveToReadLiveToRead Thanks, all. We‘re enjoying a relaxing last day by the pool in the sunshine 😎 7mo
Freespirit What a beautiful spot! 7mo
Ms_T @Freespirit It‘ll be a shame to leave. 7mo
AceOnRoam Oh thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous pics 💗 and I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip. 7mo
Ms_T @AceOnRoam 😘 7mo
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