Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman.The author of more than 30 books, novelist Alice Hoffman was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.  

Alice Hoffman is considered one of this country’s most distinguished novelists. Since 1977, when she published her first novel Property Of at the age of 21, she has published a total of 21 novels, three books of short fiction and eight books for children and young adults.

Her novel, Here on Earth an Oprah Book Club choice, was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte’s masterpiece, Wuthering Heights. Practical Magic was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.

Her most recent novel, The Dovekeepers, is a novel set during and after the fall of Jerusalem (70 C.E.). The book covers a period of four years as the Romans waged war against the Jewish stronghold of Masada, claimed by a group 900 rebels and their families. Hoffman has called it “a gift from my great-great grandmothers.” Tony Morrison called it “Beautiful, harrowing, a major contribution to 21st- century literature.”

Hoffman has been called “America’s literary heir to the Brothers Grimm.” Her writing calls to mind magical realists such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende and even Washington Irving.

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