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The Ice Queen
by Alice Hoffman
by Alice Hoffman
Oct 27, 09
Read in October, 2009
** spoiler alert ** Interesting story of a woman who thinks because she wished her mother's death that she caused it & later she dies by lighting strike & comes back. She & her brother, Ned, take an interest in researching & finding out why these people who have reached the point of death somehow return & have strange things that have happened to their bodies. This is a story of loss of love & finding love. A few lines that stayed with me are: Ned says, "Secrets are only knowledge that hasn't yet been uncovered." "Therefore, they're not in fact secrets, but only unrealized truth." When reflecting on what mom might say if she returned, "that love didn't change like the moon or tides, that it was the single constant in the universe." Later she thinks, "I realized what love did. It changed your whole world. Even when you didn't want it to." "Feel lucky for what you have when you have it. Isn't that the point? Happily ever after doesn't mean happy forever. The ever after, what precisely was that? Your dreams, your life, your death, your everything. Was it the blank space that went on without us? The forever after we were gone?" Ned's thesis centered on the chaos theory & thought that fairy tales relieved us of our need for order and allowed us impossible irrational desires. Ned becomes ill & becomes obsessed with seeing monarch butterflies in migration. Beautiful, sad ending that is also happy with her finding her true love in Jack who when asked, "What's the best way to die?" says, "Living" without any hesitation.
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