A NovelAn “intimate, lovely novel, most of whose concerns swirl about the pain and joys of motherhood,” from the New York Times–bestselling author of Faithful (People).
Rae Perry has been in love with Jessup since high school. Two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, they ran away from Boston together and have been moving ever since—five states in seven years. Now they are in Southern California in what they call “earthquake weather,” a time when anything can happen, and Jessup is restless again. This time, Rae fears, he plans to leave without her.
Lila Grey is a fortune-teller. More than a quarter century ago, on a cold and icy night in New York City, she gave birth to a daughter she never saw again. Lila is determined to find her lost child, even if it means an end to her happy life with Richard, the loving husband she refuses to let into her past.
It is Lila who tells Rae she is pregnant—but the other symbol she reads in Rae’s tea leaves, she refuses to reveal. From that moment forward, their fates are inextricably linked. While Rae searches for the strength to navigate an uncertain future alone, Lila sets out to resolve her history once and for all.
This luminous novel, a New York Times Notable Book, is an enthralling tribute to the profound mysteries of motherhood and childbirth from a writer who, in the words of Amy Tan, “takes seemingly ordinary lives and lets us see and feel extraordinary things.”
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“By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming . . . [An] intimate, lovely novel, most of whose concerns swirl about the pain and joys of motherhood.” —People
“An elegant and evocative novel that conjures up a kind of modern-day female mythology.” —Chicago Tribune
“One of the best novels to come out of the United States in a decade.” —Annie Dillard
“It is in its juxtaposition of the mythic, the apocalyptic, with the resolutely ordinary . . . that this novel finds its unique voice. . . . Beautifully and matter-of-factly told.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Like Anne Tyler, Hoffman spins a story enchantingly, with the undeniable force and vividness of a dream, and a dream’s own logic.” —Ms. Magazine
About the author
Alice Hoffman was born in New York City and grew up Long Island. She wrote her first novel, Property Of, while studying creative writing at Stanford University, and since then has published more than thirty books for readers of all ages, including the New York Times bestsellers The Museum of Extraordinary Things and The Dovekeepers. Two of her novels, Practical Magic and Aquamarine, have been made into films, and Here on Earth was an Oprah's Book Club Choice. All told, Hoffman's work has been published in more than twenty languages and one hundred foreign editions. She lives outside of Boston.