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Samantha Hoffman

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Samantha Hoffman’s debut novel, What More Could You Wish For, was published by St. Martin’s Press in August of 2012. She lives and writes in Chicago and her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul, The Corner Magazine in London and numerous other print and online publications.
She is currently working on her second novel, The Ones You Left Behind.

The number one rule in fiction writing: show, don't tell. Trite? Maybe. But it's action that draws the reader into your story; the characters, the setting, the details, and action. Narrative keeps us distant.
So when I started reading Anne Tyler's latest (and supposedly her last) book, A Spool of Blue Thread, I was struck when at 8% (according to my Kindle, which would be approximately 30 pages... Read more of this blog post »
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What More Could You Wish For
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 80 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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Mr. Right-Enough
4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2010 — 2 editions
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Beautiful Ruins
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Samantha Hoffman Samantha Hoffman said: " Sometimes I'm puzzled by the books that get so much attention and sit on best seller lists for months and months. Beautiful Ruins is one of those. The characters did not draw me in and, while I love reading about the inner workings of Hollywood, I lo ...more"

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Shape of the Sky by Shelagh Connor Shapiro
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A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
"I will be honest and say I did not finish this book. If it takes more than 100 pages for me to get interested it just is not worth the read. The characters were one dimensional and I felt like the story was not going anywhere. It might have eventu..." Read more of this review »
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" Judy, if you'd like to be on my mailing list to get news of the new book (and, soon, a link to read the first chapter) send me your email address: sam ...more"
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
" I wish I knew what it takes to capture the interest of the American public. There are so many books like this, runaway best sellers, that I read and t ...more"
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
"Audible. OH MY GAWD! Who ARE you people giving this 5 star raves? I'm not even half way yet and I'm wondering if I will be able to weather this ridiculously long book that keeps getting sidetracked by just about every teenage pothole you can think..." Read more of this review »
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A beautifully written portrait of a fascinating family - all their flaws, all their humor, their tears, their love, their's all here. Couldn't put it down, didn't want it to end.
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Judi Tepe I agree with you. This is one of my favorite reads also. It's a timeless story and so well written.

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