The River King

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Penguin, Jul 1, 2001 - Fiction - 352 pages
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From the best-selling author of The DovekeepersThe River King confirms Alice Hoffman as "one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists" (Jane Smiley, USA Today).
People tend to stay in their place in the town of Haddan. The students at the prestigious prep school don't mix with locals; even within the school, hierarchy rules, as freshman and faculty members find out where they fit in and what is expected of them. But when a body is found in the river behind the school, a local policeman will walk into this enclosed world and upset it entirely. A story of surface appearances and the truths submerged below. 
 

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Mysterious and enigmatic, wonderful Hoffman.

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In a nutshell, I loved The River King. It is the third Hoffman novel I’ve read (previous ones are The Third Angel and The Ice Queen) and I think it’s my favorite so far. Her narratives are so ... Read full review

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Weaving history, geography, and the impact of weather upon the town of Haddan, MA, Hoffman creates an often-grotesque world where love struggles to grow beside cruelty and secrets. Carlin Leander and ... Read full review

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Contents

THE IRON
NEEDLES AND THREAD
THE RING AND THE DOVE
WALKING ON FIRE
THE VEILED WOMAN
THE WATCH AND THE LOAF
THE DISAPPEARING
THE ARBOR
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About the author (2001)

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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