On the day of her father’s death 17 year-old Arlyn Singer promises to fall in love with the first man that walks through the door, which appears to happen when a lost John Moody, a Yale senior, enters her home seeking directions. However, as often is the case, fairy tales end. Shortly after the marriage, Sam Moody, the love of her life, is born providing meaning to her life, especially since her marriage may have been a mistake. When Sam is six, she begins an affair with a wi...more
On January 18, I attended a reading/signing by Ms. Hoffman for Skylight Confessions. The attendees were held captive as Ms. Hoffman read aloud the opening chapter that sets this particular universe in motion. Late...more
The basis synopsis of the book from the back cover is three generations of a family haunted by love, although now that I think about it I...more
The story is of a family started when a 17 year old girl (Arlie) on the day of her fathers funeral, captivates a young man (John) who stopped at the house for directions. Destiny lands on her doorstep in the form of this young man, like a spell has been cast by her...more
From the beginning, I couldn't connect with Arlyn. Following the death of her father, she's devastated and on her own, and decides arbitrarily that she is going t...more
What happens when fathers ignore their children? Is this a choice or is it a left over wound? Born of your own longing for a life not lived…And better yet, where is grace found? Can the unforgivable find forgiveness? As always, yes, grace can find yo...more
The writing style is extremely well written and I kept wanting to return to the book to find out more about each of the characters even though I ended up not liking this book. It is basically about a very dysfunctional family and no one in the family uses resources to get psychological help for themselves or ever changes for the better. Although there is a quick stint in re-hab for one, and that didn't take either.
Kind of a depressing read and I did not enjoy it. And found myself upset that it...more
Skylight Confessions was also very dark in that many of its characters are trapped by the circumstances of their lives. One of the things I liked about Hoffmans writing in this book is that you can feel the darkness and the weight on her c...more
Anyone who mistakenly thinks reading an Alice Hoffman novel will be a light and enjoyable bit of fluff, has obviously never read one. Even at her most buoyant and optimistic, Ms. Hoffman writes books that will haunt you forever. And "Skylight Confessions" (a truly awful title for a book that deserved better) is not a buoyant and optimistic book by any stretch of the imagination. It is a sad book full of damaged people living lives full o...more
The book starts our with Arlyn, a young woman who just lost her father. Standing on her front porch she says she will love the first man who walks down the street. Here comes John, lost...more
Arlyn Singer is 17, her mother is dead and her father dies. On the night after his funeral, she is alone on the poorch of her home and know whoever comes down the street will be the one she is supposed to be with. John Moody is lost and asks directions fr...more
i liked the first portion of the book, but then it just fell flat. i couldn't really relate to any of the characters. i loved sam's character initially but the teenage sam, i really didn't care for. he was just self absorbed & uninteresting, in my opinion.
now that i think about it, i really didn't like ANY of the characters. cynthia was a bitch but hoffman tried...more
Following four generations of the Moody family who live in the Glass Slipper in suburban Connecticut, Skylight Conf...more
It's broken into three parts. The first part is told by Arlyn. She marries John and their marriage is pretty unhappy, but she gets two children out of it (Sam and Blanca). She and Sam are very close (Blanca only appears toward the end of the first part, so I don't mean to impl...more
Fans of Alice Hoffman's 17 novels (The Ice Queen; Practical Magic; Turtle Moon) will find familiar elements here: fairy-tale plotting, emotional intensity, a naturalistic magic realism, a timeless setting, and superb storytelling. More tragic than her previous novels, Skylight Confessions__about fate, love, grief, forgiveness, and redemption__had some critics weeping, despite what others called the novel's overly maudlin tone. While Arlyn's illness adds depth to what might have been escapist fic...more
I love the title of this book and alll the imagery and ideas that it carries. I like less the obvious implications of a family living in a glass house, a house called The Glass Slipper, as though it is a shoe in a fairy tale that only fits one individual perfectly. In this novel Hoffman has created a family that ill-fits the house in which it lives. Perhaps the family is even ill-suited for each other, for themselves.
This story is sort of told in 3 parts. The first part is Arlyn's story, the sec...more
A primeira parte apresenta-nos Arlyn Singer, uma jovem de 17 anos que, após perder o pai, encontra John Moody e apaixona-se por ele, acreditando que os dois estão destinados um ao outro. No entanto, depressa o conto de fadas se torna em pesadelo. Para além das dificuldades no seu casamento, Arlyn e John têm ainda de lidar com o...more
Is it just me, or is the physicist apparently unemployed _because_ all of his research i...more