In the summer of 1959 Nora Silk moves into a quiet suburb on Long Island with her two, young sons, a collection of Elvis records and a marked absence of husband. Her glamour and cheerfully chaotic ways immediately arouse the suspicions of the neighbourhood where life runs according to two rules - 'mind your own business and keep up your lawn'. Seventh Heaven is a lyrical, optimistic novel of yearning and desire, 'this writer can cut through to the true magic and true grit beneath' (Financial Times).
'This is Alice Hoffman at her best, turning our eyes toward the ordinary surface of things to see the power that shimmers underneath'
'A dreamy surreal story written with an angel's touch'
'Hoffman's most beguiling fiction to date'
Alice Hoffman's fresh, delightful version of the American Dream is set in the early 1960s in a sleepy Long Island neighbourhood where the most important rule of behaviour is minding your own business, and the existence of evil, if given any credence at all, can be countered by washing the kitchen floor with Lysol. Enter Norah Silk, beautiful, hedonistic, a woman on her own with two small sons and an obvious target for suspicious wives and frustrated husbands. Norah, being something of a magician, turns a potential disaster into a triumph for compassion and good sense. Settling quickly into Hemlock Street, she cures small boys of heartache and softens the harshness of sad marriages. A Mary Poppins story for grown-ups, this sophisticated, funny novel is bound to give pleasure. (Kirkus UK)
Publication date: 09/04/1992
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||9th April 1992|
|Publisher:||Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including The Ice Queen, Practical Magic, Here on Earth, The River King, Blue Diary, Illumination Night, Turtle Moon, Seventh Heaven, and At Risk. She lives in Massachusetts. Photograph © Deborah FeingoldMore About Alice Hoffman