Blue Diary

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Penguin, 2002 - Fiction - 288 pages
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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Dovekeepers, a New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book.

The courage to face the unthinkable is at the core of this magnificent new novel. How do we manage to confront the truths in our lives and find forgiveness in the most unforgiving of circumstances? How do we love truly and deeply in a world that is as brutal as it is beautiful?

When Ethan Ford fails to show up for work on a brilliant summer morning, none of his neighbors would guess that for more than thirteen years, he has been running from his past. His true nature has been locked away, as hidden as his real identity. But sometimes locks spring open, and the devastating truths of Ethan Ford's history shatter the small-town peace of Monroe, affecting family and friends alike.

This deeply felt and compelling novel makes it clear why Alice Hoffman has been called "one of the best writers we have today" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Honest, shattering, seductive, and ultimately healing, Blue Diary is an unforgettable novel by a writer who tells "truths powerful enough to break a reader's heart" (Time).

 

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Hoffman is always exploring the "What ifs" in life. In this novel she centers the story around a couple who are still madly in love after 13 years together. But then it is revealed that the husband has been accused of killing a girl 13 years before. He says he is not the same man--but how can he not be? Is wife is tormented by the fact that she didn't know. Her son grows up overnight and a whole town is split down the middle. Can someone really change enough to be forgiven for their actions in a life before? 

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Contents

The Hanged Man
3
True
17
The Conjurer
33
Knight of Swords
58
Two
75
Blackbird
77
The Labyrinth
96
The Unwise Man
120
Fair or Foul
133
Three
167
Dreamland
169
Nightshade
204
Mercy
217
The Jester
237
Good Conscience
270
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About the author (2002)

Alice Hoffman is the best-selling author of The Dovekeepers, and several other beloved novels, including, Blue Diary (2001), The River King (2000), Local Girls (1999), Here On Earth (1997), Practical Magic (1995), Second Nature (1994), Turtle Moon (1992), Seventh Heaven (1990), At Risk (1988), Illumination Night (1987), Fortune's Daughter (1985), White Horses (1982), Angel Landing (1980), The Drowning Season (1979), and Property Of (1977). She is also the author of three children's books: Aquamarine (2001), Horsefly (2000), and Fireflies (1997).

Born in New York City, and raised on Long Island, Hoffman graduated from Adelphi University and received an M.A. from Stanford University, where she was Mirrielees Fellow. She currently lives near Boston with her family and her dogs.

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