Illumination Night Pdf is a Magical Realism and Contemporary Romance novel.
Illumination Night Book Summary
Vonny lives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband Andre and son Simon. Their neighbour Elizabeth, a woman in her seventies, falls from an upstairs window and her granddaughter Jody is summoned to nurse her through her convalescence.
The scene is set for a magical story of love and loneliness, of terror and human frailty, of the mystery and grace of ordinary experience.
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About Alice Hoffman Author Of Illumination Night Pdf Book
Alice Hoffman Author Of Illumination Night Pdf is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The World That We Knew; The Marriage of Opposites; The Red Garden; The Museum of Extraordinary Things; The Dovekeepers; Here on Earth, an Oprah’s Book Club selection; and the Practical Magic series, including Practical Magic; Magic Lessons; The Rules of Magic, a selection of Reese’s Book Club; and The Book of Magic. She lives near Boston.
Illumination Night pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random (January 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0099429187
- ISBN-13 : 978-0099429180
- Item Weight : 4.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 0.51 x 7.8 inches
- Customer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars 859 ratings
Illumination Night Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected gem
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 12, 2022
Life is a journey, we all have experiences as a child we take into adulthood. I enjoyed each characters journey and the reconciliation they found to move forward in life.
4.0 out of 5 stars This one will keep me thinking a bit.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 12, 2017
I read this book in one day – kept me turning the pages. More of a character study than an action story, we follow the lives of neighbors. The narrative is alternately told through each person’s perspective: mother Vonny, father Andre, and pre-school son Simon; elderly neighbor Elizabeth and her teenage granddaughter Jody. Each character has lots of internal thoughts and feelings, which affect the other characters as they interact. After Elizabeth decides she can fly and jumps from the 2nd story window of her house, her granddaughter Jody comes to live with her. Jody is a sullen teen full of angst and need. She develops a crush on next-door-neighbor Andre, and determines to steal him away from his wife Vonny. Little Simon sees much of what goes on around him, including Elizabeth’s leap from her window. He tries to interpret what is going on with the adults around him, while dealing with is own insecurity – he is abnormally small for his age and wants to be ‘normal’ more than anything. There were other characters around the edges of the story, but these 5 dominate the book – and my thoughts. I really liked each character, and as an ‘outsider’ looking in while reading the book, I felt that if they could just communicate with each other so much confusion and hurt could be stopped. The ending leaves the reader to make up his/her own mind about the future of the characters – I’d like to know where they are in 10 years… This one will keep me thinking a bit.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 16, 2017
Andre and Vonnie are struggling to make ends meet while raising their young son, Simon. Little do they know however, how much their lives will change when their elderly neighbor, Elizabeth decides she can fly and falls from her roof. This event sets in motion the arrival of Jody, Elizabeth’s granddaughter, who is banished to the small town by her mother, to take care of grandma. Jody is a teenager with plenty of oats to sow, and quickly sets her eyes on Andre, well just because she thinks she can do whatever she feels like.
As the chaos heats up between Andre and Jody, Vonnie is stricken with severe panic attacks. She can’t leave the house and spends hours a day driving her truck up and down the muddy driveway desperately trying to break through her imaginary bubble. Adorable little Simon, is trapped between the comings and goings of all of the adults.
Alice Hoffman does a great job of developing a diverse cast of characters and weaving their actions together. I enjoyed this book for the most part. The one thing that bugged me however, is why the title was Illumination Night. The lighting of lanterns played a very small part in the story. And I didn’t feel that any of the characters found “illumination” by the end. Only Jody moved on, every one else simply moved back into a pre existing comfort zone. Illumination Night is not my favorite Alice Hoffman novel but it’s high on the list and worth the time I invested in it.
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