Illumination Night, Paperback
4 out of 5 (6 ratings)


Vonny lives on the island of Martha's Vineyard with her husband Andre and son Simon. Their neighbour Elizabeth, a woman in her seventies, falls from an upstairs window and her granddaughter Jody is summoned to nurse her through her convalescence.

The scene is set for a magical story of love and loneliness, of terror and human frailty, of the mystery and grace of ordinary experience. Alice Hoffman's ability to fuse the domestic and the mythic in a narrative of such gentle yet magnetic force confirms her stature as one of the most gifted of American novelists.




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First book I read by my other favorite author - Alice Hoffman. Read it in Ogunquit one summer vacation. Still remember buying it at the little book store downtown (gone now) I was swept away with her magical characters.

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meh. Fast beach read. Did not find the characters too believable and hence did not get into the story.

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A woman plagued with agoraphobia learns to deal with the world in this beautifully written novel. The ending is simply magical.

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It was an enjoyable read but not my favorite by this author. It is a rather quiet story of real people full of contradictions and issues, and how they overlap, cross paths, evolve. Very introspective and human, very morally murky, and bittersweet.

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I enjoyed this novel. I wish it was longer and some of the characters were explored a little more thoroughly, like the Giant, for example. The character Vonny was extremely annoying for me, very whiney and codependant. Using Martha's Vineyard as the backdrop was a nice touch.

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