The Ice Queen

The Ice Queen

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Alice Hoffman is at her electrifying best in this fairy tale for grown-ups. The story begins with a little girl who makes a wish one snowy night and ruins her life. She grows up with a splinter of ice in her heart until one day, standing by her kitchen window, she is struck by lightning.

Instead of killing her, this cataclysmic event sparks off a new beginning. She seeks out Lazarus Jones, a fellow lightning survivor. He is her opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both are forced to hide their most dangerous secrets - what turned one to ice and the other to fire.

The Ice Queen is a haunting story of passion, loss, second chances and the secrets that come to define us, if we're not careful.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 160g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099488833
  • 9780099488835
  • 212,620

Review Text

Alice Hoffman is a daring and able writer; she plots conjunctions of mundane and magical events with such ease that the reader never doubts her word
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Enchanting * Sunday Times * [Hoffman] does it beautifully, composing a lyrical tale that does not waster a single word, a shamelessly heart-breaking story that will leave barely a dry eye in the house -- Lesley McDowell * Independent on Sunday * Like her contemporaries, Carol Shields and Alice Munro, Hoffman has an acute eye for detail - Hoffman writes with heartbreaking clarity * The Times * Alice Hoffman is a daring and able writer; she plots conjunctions of mundane and magical events with such ease that the reader never doubts her word * New Yorker * Alice Hoffman is erotic and romantic, funny and clever and humane * The Times *
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About Alice Hoffman

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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Rating details

16,839 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 18% (2,952)
4 35% (5,836)
3 34% (5,713)
2 11% (1,868)
1 3% (470)
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