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Local Girls - Alice Hoffman, Laural Merlington, Aasne Vigesaa
Local Girls
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The Barnes & Noble Review Alice Hoffman's latest is a collection of interwoven stories that create a tapestry almost as satisfying and fully realized as a novel. The literal power of bewitchment in her novel-turned-movie, Practical Magic, reappears here in sustained but isolated moments that... show more
The Barnes & Noble Review Alice Hoffman's latest is a collection of interwoven stories that create a tapestry almost as satisfying and fully realized as a novel. The literal power of bewitchment in her novel-turned-movie, Practical Magic, reappears here in sustained but isolated moments that pack something much more earthly but almost as potent: hope. The central character of most of the tales is Gretel Samuelson, a girl local to Franconia, in Long Island. Misfortune plagues her otherwise unremarkable middle-class life, beginning in the very first story, "Dear Diary," when her parents split up and she must ride to the rescue of her best friend, Jill ("the pretty one"). When high school boys grab a Halloween-costumed Jill, Gretel hits them, her heavy Gypsy bracelets knocking one of them flat. The girls flee, and for the first time in months, Gretel feels great. Her knockout punch strikes her first blow for freedom from sorrow, from disappointing men and the thoughtless havoc they wreak. Taking fate in her own hands, however briefly, restores to Gretel the belief that her life is her own and that love might still be "a state of mind ready to grace anyone willing to accept it. Anyone who cares." The wish that love is something a fierce-hearted person can make out of thin air both buoys and sinks Gretel through the next ten years encompassed by these stories. Through her parents' divorce, her father's remarriage, the death of her beloved grandmother, her life remains guided best by those she loves without having to try: her mother, Franny; her mother's inseparable younger cousin, Margot; andJill,who remains her best friend until the morning Gretel finally leaves New York. Makeshift relationships that substitute for family are familiar Hoffman territory, and she paints these bonds between women with a light but unforgettable touch. Gretel flirts with bitterness but never
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9781441812551 (1441812555)
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Edition language: English
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Momster Bookworm
Momster Bookworm rated it
2.0 Local Girls
More than a story about transformation, it is one of transcendence. The version I read, bore the cover image of a hand attempting to grab at a heel, and it reminded me of the Biblical Jacob's attempt to usurp his brother Esau's birthright. The characters in this story aimed to overcome their difficu...
Grimlock ♥ Ultra Magnus
Grimlock ♥ Ultra Magnus rated it
2.0 Didn't like nearly as much as the first
The shorts were okay alone, but didn't work as an overall book for me. They just didn't fit together properly, and they tried to be a complete story. It can work, it has in the past, but it didn't work in this case for me. Also, super depressing. Blargh. Onto Practical Magic!
Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it
4.0 Local Girls
Four minus.Sweet and short, in that order. I finished it in one evening.Hoffman has a wonderful writing style. She wrote "Practical Magic," which was made into a movie. If you've seen it, you know that she's strong on female characters and the bonds between them. Reading this book, I fell in lov...
willemite
willemite rated it
In this coming of age tale, Gretel and Jill are Long Island teens in a contemporary setting, Franconia, a place so bereft of imagination that all the local enterprises use the town’s name for theirs. There are moments in which magic enlivens the story and provides a context. In one, Gretel and Jaso...
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