Blue Diary

Blue Diary

Book - 2001
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The courage to face the unthinkable is at the core of this magnificent new novel. How do we manage to confront the truths in our lives and find forgiveness in the most unforgiving of circumstances? How do we love truly and deeply in a world that is as brutal as it is beautiful?When Ethan Ford fails to show up for work on a brilliant summer morning, none of his neighbors would guess that for more than thirteen years, he has been running from his past. His true nature has been locked away, as hidden as his real identity. But sometimes locks spring open, and the devastating truths of Ethan Ford's history shatter the small-town peace of Monroe, affecting family and friends alike.This deeply felt and compelling novel makes it clear why Alice Hoffman has been called "one of the best writers we have today" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Honest, shattering, seductive, and ultimately healing, Blue Diary is an unforgettable novel by a writer who tells "truths powerful enough to break a reader's heart" (Time magazine).Blue Diary is a Booksense 76 Top Ten selection for September/October.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2001
ISBN: 9780399148026
Branch Call Number: FIC Hoffm 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 303 p


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ontherideau Apr 28, 2019

Alice Hoffman is a crafter of magic realism and invites us to pry into our own beliefs and preconceived notions. Blue Diary is like a Jodi Picoult novel with a twist or many twists.
The last question in the reader's guide "Should the deeds from our past be used to judge us in the present? Does benevolent behaviour in the recent past "undo" reprehensible behaviour from long ago?"

Feb 12, 2017

This book convinced me that I don't need to bother reading any other books by Alice Hoffman. The beginning was quite unsubtle: the husband and wife were so glowingly wonderful that it was obvious everything was about to crash. Hoffman laid it on with a trowel. I didn't find the other characters very believable, either.

Sep 24, 2015

I loved this book. It is very intense. I would rate it PG-13 for sex scenes and theme.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

You can count on Alice Hoffman to deliver a compelling story, set in small town New England, in a contemporary but somehow timeless world. In her latest, a dilemma arising out of the dark mysteries of a seemingly blissful marriage breaks a family apart.

An amazingly story idea fraught with moral dilemma and the trauma of unresolved murder on one town while another enjoys the heroism of a reformed ner-do-well who is now an exemplary husband and father. There are a lot of unanswered questions about the responsibility of community in raising the bad Billy and the role of 2 other towns in holding on to retribution and falling back on the only solution of punishment. There could have been so many ways to make serve justice after 'bad Billy' gets found out 20 years after a terrible manslaughter. How does society justify this severe punishment after 20 years of outstanding citizenship?

A great story and a great background for book club discussions.

Jan 31, 2013

I couldn't put this book down. Kept me in suspense alot of the time

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