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Faithful: A Novel Kindle Edition
Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.
What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.
Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.
Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.
"Poignant...[Shelby's] snarky charm and well hidden kindness draw you in....A deep truth this story reveals is that finding closure after great loss is not a one time deal; life grows around such wounds in small increments over time."
“An emotionally resonant portrait of loss and rebirth.”
—People (Book of the Week select)
“Engaging and vivid...a satisfying, well earned close.”
—The Boston Globe
"This is a luminous book that sucks you in...Allow plenty of time if you pick up Hoffman’s latest; you might not be able to put it back down."
"Deeply moving...[Hoffman] takes us deep into the human heart, and in a relatable story, deftly examines the healing process."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Bestselling author Alice Hoffman has done it again with her new novel, Faithful. Hoffman is an amazing storyteller who weaves us into the life of Shelby Richmond, an ordinary girl who becomes a remarkable young woman...There is that unique magic that Hoffman casts in all of her novels...Seriously, this is a novel for anyone who has faith."
—Fort Worth Star Telegram
"This is a beautiful novel of a young woman finding her way after tragedy and keeping it real for the duration."
—St. Louis Post Dispatch
"Faithful is a beautiful novel about surviving and how we can forgive ourselves after the most difficult tragedies."
“Popular and prolific Hoffman brings her lavish inventiveness and deep empathy to the story of a young woman afflicted with survivor’s guilt who finds kindred spirits in New York City, along with a watchful angel.”
"Faithful will take you on an emotional ride."
“Hoffman being heartbreaking and magical.”
“Bittersweet and luminous, Hoffman's novel is a testament to the quiet power of small gestures and gradual redemption.”
“A novel full of people—flawed, scarred, scared—discovering how to punish themselves less and connect with others more.”
“Faithful is a poignant novel about grief, guilt, and recovery. Alice Hoffman is a wonderful storyteller.”
—Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of Election, Little Children, and The Leftovers
Alice Hoffman is a spectacular writer—generous and compassionate, elegant and fierce—and FAITHFUL is both a sweeping page turner and a gorgeous, heartbreaking exploration of family, faith, and love. This novel is as captivating as it is impossible to put down. I loved it."
—Molly Antopol, critically acclaimed author of The UnAmericans
About the Author
- ASIN : B01CO34I62
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (November 1, 2016)
- Publication date : November 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 6889 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #99,937 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, being a Hoffman lover, I couldn't stop myself from pressing "BUY" when I saw she had a new book out. Am I sorry? Only a little. This novel is not as lyrical or as wow-inducing as some of her others (Red Garden was a favorite of mine), but it kept my interest and I did finish it. Here's the rub--there were days I felt like reading, but didn'the feel like reading THIS book. Why? It is depressing as hell sometimes.
A tragic event substantially changes the lives of two teenage girls--one irreparably, and one not quite. While I can certainly remember times earlier in my life where I allowed myself to wallow in a bit of self-loathing, but one of these girls takes it to such an extreme that I felt put off. Guilt, I get--we've all done stupid things in our youth--but years of physically and psychically harmful self loathing? Nope.
So, yes, I finished the book...eventually; but it wasn't a book that pulled me in, made me want to keep reading. That is a disappointment...from this author, and at the price of 15 bucks for a Kindle book.
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I'd read some of Alice Hoffman's stuff in the past, but this was, to me, unreadable. I managed to wade through 22% of ... frankly desperately uninteresting rubbish.
One minute the protagonist Shelby has taken to her death bed in the cellar unable to move, feed herself, get out of bed, talk to anyone, interact, or face life. The next we read she's upped and offed and gone with Ben (her weed supplier) to live in New York, where, daft as it may seem, she suddenly has a job and is rapidly elevated to store manager. And yes, to thicken the plot we have her kidnapping two damaged stray dogs used by beggars on a rotational basis to wean money from idiots.
Nothing about the book as far as I'd read it was realistic, particularly sensible, or in any way uplifting. There was no plot as far as I could see except for some disjointed individual bathing page after page in utter misery and making you, the reader, feel like you wanted to give her a right good kicking for being so feckless.
How this book has been so generously reviewed and warmly received is TOTALLY beyond me. At least Catcher In The Rye went somewhere and did so pretty fast in ways that were interesting, intriguing and memorable. Trust me, this is nothing like that. I absolutely hated it.
I did find certain parts of the book exhausting at times, some aspects emotionally draining as realistic.