A NovelBook - 2007
The marriage of Arlyn Singer and John Moody, opposites who are drawn to each other despite a mutual lack of understanding, has a profound and lasting impact on them, their children, and their grandchildren, in a poignant novel of three generations of a family haunted and shaped by love. 100,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
Arlyn Singer believes in destiny and in love. On the night her father dies, Arlyn is certain that the man she is meant to be with will walk into her life. But fate seems to be playing a trick when John Moody knocks on her door to ask for directions. Cool, practical, and deliberate, John is dreamy Arlyn's polar opposite. Yet the two are drawn powerfully together even when it is clear they are bound to bring each other grief. Their marriage is dangerous territory, tracing a map no one should follow. It leads them and their children to a house made of glass in the Connecticut countryside, to the rooftops and avenues of Manhattan, and to the blue waters of Long Island Sound all in a search for family and identity.
Walking this path of ruin and redemption are Sam, their son, a brilliant, explosive artist who is drawn to self-destruction and dreams; Blanca, the beautiful loner who tries desperately to protect her brother from his destiny and lives her own life in a world of books; and Will, the grandson, who is left a legacy of broken pieces he needs to put together, an emotional and mysterious puzzle made up of people who don't know the first thing about love.
Hachette Book Group
Writing at the height of her powers, Alice Hoffman conjures three generations of a family haunted by love.
The marriage of Arlyn Singer and John Moody, opposites who are drawn to each other despite a mutual lack of understanding, has a profound and lasting impact on them, their children, and their grandchildren.
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The dysfunctional Moody family live in the same house but have separate lives. John the father spends most of his time at work. Arlyn raises their son, has an affair, gets pregnant, then dies from cancer. Sam, a smart but strange child grows to be a drug addict. Blanca, the daughter is raised as John's child, and loves her brother. John remarries, Cynthia, the next door neighbor. He started his affair with her while his wife was dying. After Arlyn dies, she haunts John. She appears to him while leaving soot and breaking dishes. Into this house comes Meredith, who tries to help Sam, but eventually leaves when she marries. This ends with John dead, Sam dead, but with a son, and Blanca knocking on the door of Will's home to tell him about his inheritance from his grandfather. You are left to decide if this is a new start for this family.
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