The Drowning Season Pdf is a Fantasy and Magical Realism novel By Alice Hoffman.
The Drowning Season Summary
On a secluded waterfront estate on the North Shore of Long Island, a matriarch named Esther rules over her clan. But in spite of her sharp tongue and manipulative ways, she cannot quite keep control over her charges. Her son, Philip, routinely tries to drown himself each summer; her granddaughter sneaks cigarettes and dreams of escape. Esther has hired Cohen, a Russian landscaper, to watch over the family as well as the grounds. But Cohen has been watching Esther as well. And his love for her is growing wild enough to uproot them all…
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About Alice Hoffman Author Of The Drowning Season Pdf Book
Alice Hoffman Author Of The Drowning Season Pdf is an 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.
The Drowning Season pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (July 2, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425184757
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425184752
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.15 x 0.65 x 7.95 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #11,959 in Family Saga Fiction
- #50,149 in American Literature (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars 239 ratings
The Drowning Season Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Redemption
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 16, 2022
At first the book was a little hard to get into because of the somewhat stilted writing. But after I got used again to Alice Hoffman’s writing style I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
The author does such an incredible job painting a picture of The compound were generations of Esther the White’s family lives. The color contrast between her and her granddaughter eventually seems more of a reflection of their souls’ hues than of the color of their skins. It seems that this is the kind of book that needs to be read more than once to gain a full appreciation.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 27, 2013
This one just doesn’t seem like Hoffman to me. It doesn’t read like her work, but I’ve found some of her earliest work feels different from what she wrote when she hit her stride in the 90’s. I could never finish Angel’s Landing either.
It took work to finish The Drowning Season, I just didn’t care for it. In all of her books, there is at least one character, sometimes even the protagonist, that annoys the hell out of me, but in this book, it was every single character. I suppose Esther the Black is the most blameless of all of them, but even she wasn’t terribly sympathetic. I didn’t feel sorry for Phillip, the suicidal son who is actually completely sane; he just wants to kill himself at the perfect moment to irritate the mother who never loved him, and long for the abusive woman who nearly drowned him, the only real mother he ever had. Mischa and Max are equally annoying. But worst of all is Esther the White herself, a vile woman whose desperation for freedom makes her despise anyone who wants to get close to her, especially her son. A woman who would happily sell her brother to the circus rather than part with a jewel that would always mean freedom to her if she chose to sell it. Characters are meant to be complex, the good ones are as screwed up as real people, but Esther doesn’t have a single redeeming quality. She’s impossible to like. Because of that, I really didn’t care what happened to any of the characters.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite The Strange, Dysfunctional Family
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 22, 2011
Alice Hoffman gives us a tale here in which the reader needs to pay attention to fully appreciate.
It begins with family elders emigrating from Europe & brings us to 20th Century Long Island. The dysfunction starts from the get-go.
It’s quite an interesting story of the darker side of the human psyche. Almost all the seven deadly sins take place among the book’s self-serving familial characters. Almost everyone who reads this can probably identify with one or more of the characters.
In a family in which there appears no redeeming qualities among both young & old; there eventually forms a strange bond between the two main characters. Both named Esther.
Supposedly taking place on LI (Where I’m from) any reference to Long Island seems contrived & there really is no basis of reference geographically. It’s an oldie. But, if you haven’t read it give it a shot. If you pay attention to the interaction among the very strong characters, the book is quite good.
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