I fell in love with Miss Hoffman back in 1993 when I was given Turtle Moon as a gift. I had just left a safe life in Nebraska full of family, friends, and security to find something new in Colorado. I didn't realize how elusive that search would end up being and how much I would miss my Nebraska life.
Enter Lucy Rosen, a character on a search of her own. I couldn't stop reading her story as she desperately searched for answers--to murder, to family, to love. I'd never read such beautiful words--words like "He truly believed it was possible to reach up and steal the stars right out of the sky. Now he doesn't even see the stars anymore."
Turtle Moon got me through the shock of leaving one life and beginning a new one. Now my bookshelves are home to so many Alice Hoffman novels--novels that I reread time and time again.
Turtle Moon (of course--your first is always the best, right??)
Aquamarine (such a sweet friendship story)
As an English teacher, I am forever drawing on Alice Hoffman novels to use a mentor texts as I help my students discover the writer inside themselves.
For similes and metaphors, imagery, and magic--
"By now, the mermaid was light as air, dusty and dry as the sand."
"They went in past the whitecaps that shone like stars"
Esther the White now thought of her decision, such a long time ago, to bury the past in the earth, to forget her own childhood and let the Compound honeysuckle—its odor so strong it had hung over the ice as Esther the White’s fingers cracked with the cold as she buried the jewels—take over everything, even her memory. And now, as she stood with Cohen by her side, the odor of that same flower filled her, as if memory and pain could both be erased with a flower, with a scent.
(from The Drowning Season)
(These are just a few of my students favorites)
And so, for giving me new friends and words to live by--for allowing me to enter into your magical world--for changing my life--
Happy Birthday, Alice,
from the bottom of my heart!