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Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman
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Jan 01, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, girl-woman-feminine-tales, love-tales, magical-fiction, boy-man-masculine-tales, transformation-tales, ghost-stories, library-books, good-prolific-authors
Recommended for: fans of Alice Hoffman
Read in September, 2008 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** I loved this early book by Alice Hoffman. I think it's right up there with Blackbird House in its right amount of magical-ness and strong plotlines. As many of her stories, it starts off focusing on one woman/family, and then travels the stories of the community who look like they lead perfect lives but actually don't. Seventh Heaven takes place in 1959-1960 on Long Island, NY, in a neighborhood of cookie cutter houses where most families have nearly lived idyllic lifestyles (at least, on the outside), where the wife stays at home with the kids and the husband works. Some families are well off, some are blue collar. Then single mother Nora and her two young sons move in. She is shunned for a long while because she is a divorcee in a time when divorce is unheard of. With her arrival and eventual assimilation, the neighborhood of not-so-perfect families with not-so-perfect lives or marriages start to re-examine that which makes them human and influences all their decisions. It's a great read, very hard to put down, with just some light touches of magical elements.

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