Alice Hoffman

Memory, History And The Two Alices

08/10/2015 - 20:00

Last Monday, some 300 people shifted attention between the Upper West Side and the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, listening to tales of uncommon motherhood, as they heard from the authors of two highly praised new books.

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Alice Hoffman’s Impressionist Novel

The mother of the great painter Camille Pissarro is at the center of ‘The Marriage of Opposites,’ set in St. Thomas.

07/21/2015 - 20:00
Culture Editor

Covering 30 square miles, the island of St. Thomas in the Caribbean is a place of lush beauty, fragrant with jasmine, surrounded by blue-green water. This seeming paradise was a refuge for Jews fleeing the Inquisition, crossing the ocean from Spain and Portugal. Alice Hoffman sets her latest novel “The Marriage of Opposites” (Simon and Schuster) on the island, where a synagogue rebuilt in the early 1800s has a sand floor — even as its walls were covered with fine mahogany and a crystal chandelier was hung in its center — to remind congregants of an earlier time, in other places, when they’d have to muffle the sounds of their prayer gatherings for fear of being discovered.

Alice Hoffman’s interest in strong, Jewish women is reflected in her latest novel. Deborah Feingold

‘There Were Still Choices I Could Make’

Alice Hoffman’s breast cancer memoir is really a guide for going through difficult times.
10/15/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Book Critic

Being a caregiver came much more naturally to Alice Hoffman than being cared for. For decades, the bestselling novelist was the one who took friends and relatives to the doctor, sat at bedsides, thoroughly researched diseases and arranged for cemetery plots and funerals. Fifteen years ago, when she found a lump on her breast, she was certain that she only imagined it, as things like that didn’t happen to her, and she didn’t have time to be ill. But a call from her doctor, “Alice, I’m sorry,” brought the stark truth.

"I could not run away from my circumstances, or control the path of my disease," Hoffman says. Photo courtesy Algonquin

Summer Reading, Yes. Beach Reading? Not So Much.

This weekend is Tisha B’Av, which is supposed to be depressing. For one thing, it's a fast day in the heat of the summer.

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