Alice Hoffman casts her spell over a Long Island neighborhood filled with dreamers and dreams as she evokes the world of the Samuelsons, a family torn apart by tragedy and bound together by devotion. As Gretel grows up she is witness to the break up of her parents’ marriage, the ups and downs of her cousin Margot’s search for love, the deterioration of a brother who passes up Harvard for a job at the Food Star, and emotional explosions that shatter the suburban quiet. Local Girls presents this acclaimed New York Times bestselling author at her haunting, thought-provoking best.
All of Alice Hoffman’s advance was donated to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt Auburn Hospital.
“Wonderful. She is one of the best writers we have today – insightful, funny, intelligence, with a distinctive voice… (Local Girls) does a lot to show Hoffman is an established artist at her peak. ”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Shimmering prose… a major talent.”
“Disarming wit… she balances the down to earth and the ethereal, and indicates that the human spirit can survive despite the cruel workings of fate.”
—Publishers Weekly starred review