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Turtle Moon

Turtle Moon

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Alice Hoffman

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 17mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 4 April 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099429160
  • ISBN 13: 9780099429166
  • Sales rank: 203,332

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When teenager Keith Rosen runs away from his Florida home - inexplicably taking along a motherless baby - his divorced mother is perplexed and terrified. she takes off on her own journey to find him. Turtle Moon follows their path in a suspenseful, beautifully written story that confirms once again the exquisite talent of Alice Hoffman.

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Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of acclaimed novels, including Here on Earth (an Oprah Book Club selection), Practical Magic (a Hollywood film), The River King, Blue Diary, Turtle Moon and most recently Skylight Confessions. Blackbird House was shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She divides her time between Boston and New York City.

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By Marianne Vincent 25 Aug 2013 5

Turtle Moon is the tenth stand-alone novel by American author, Alice Hoffman. Verity, Florida is a town that is home to an unusual number of divorced women, and Lucy Rosen is just one of them. It is also a place where the heat in May causes a sort of madness that makes people do things they may later regret. When Lucy's neighbour, Karen Wright is found murdered in her apartment, Lucy soon finds herself involved in the investigation: her twelve-year-old son Keith is missing, along with Karen's fourteen-month-old daughter. Julian Cash, a forbidding policeman with a fierce German shepherd, sees through Lucy's attempts to protect her son. But it's mad May and he also finds it difficult to keep his hands off Lucy. This enchanting Hoffman offering has an original plot that somehow includes a high school reunion, a murder, an apparent kidnapping and tracker dogs; it has a cast of wonderful characters including an angel, a remarkable foster mother, and a troubled teen. Hoffman conveys the feel of this unique town with consummate ease: the Florida heat is almost palpable. Jodi Picoult has said that Alice Hoffman is her favourite writer, and it is easy Hoffman's influence in her work. Just magical.

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"Hoffman writes wonderfully about the magic in our lives and in the battered, indifferent world... Magnificent" New York Times Book Review "A spectacular novel" -- Susan Isaacs Washington Post Book World "A captivating and truly original novel" Cosmopolitan "Alice Hoffman is at the top of her form in her latest novel... The triumphs of Turtle Moon lie in its humane insights and compassionate epiphanies; its lustrous prose and its seductive landscape" Boston Globe "Hard to put down-full of characters who take hold of your heart" San Francisco Examiner