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Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman
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Nov 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: adult, drama

It's so rare that I'll pick up an adult shelf from one of our bookshelves, but I'd forgotten to bring home more YA from the library...so...

I really loved this book for the lyrical language, the intensity of the relationships and the unpredictable (yet SO right) twists and turns of the plot. The novel is set on Martha's Vineyard and at first follows the marital strife of one young couple after a young, hot teenager moves in next door and tempts the young husband. It seems like that will be the story, but there's much more here: a mythical Giant of the island, a story of aging well and a loss of childhood innocence. It's wonderful.
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