"Is there an American novelist who understands the complicated and mulitfacted nature of love in all its manifestations -- romantic, familial, platonic -- better than Alice Hoffman?... Some critics have minimed the complexity of Hoffman's work by refering to her as a romance writers. Well, Hoffman is a romance writer, but then so were Flaubert, Proust, the Bronte sisters, and Jane Austen. "The Third Angel" is indeed a romance, but one of intricacy and pathos, with characters beautifully, believably and empathetically drawn...."The Third Angel" represents yet another strong, visceral and deeply, darkly moving tale of love and heatbreak, tragedy and redemption from a writer whose keen ear for the measure struck by the beat of the human heart is unparalleled. "The Third Angel" is an intense, provocative and throughly affecting novel."
-- "The Chicago Tribune"
"Like Michael Cunningham's 'The Hours, ' Hoffman's tale weaves the stories of women at key moments in their lives with revelations both stunning and inevitable."
"-- The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
""Its realism, combined with a refreshing lightness and its success in portraying emotion with empathy, draws the reader into a deep involvement with the books' appealing yet flawed characters. Each woman faces up to her challengers in her own way, proving that everyone in the end is responsible for his or her own destiny."
"-- The Economist
""Hoffman's luminous language bounces us into accepting not only coincident but also its consequences.""
-- The Boston Globe"
"Alice Hoffman paints her books in big strokes and bright colors, with slashes of romantic reds and blacks. She's a teller of fairy tells, well-worn or new."
"-- The Columbus Dispatch
""With a graceful nod to the power of redemption, Alice Hoffman reminds readers we are all hurt and broken, stumbling through life and fumbling for love, but sometimes we can still find out way to where we want to go." "
-- Chashow more