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Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman
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Seventh Heaven

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Narrator Hillary Huber
Length 8 hours 48 minutes
Language English
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Nora Silk doesn't really fit in on Hemlock Street, where every house looks the same. She's divorced. She wears a charm bracelet and high heels and red toreador pants. And the way she raises her kids is a scandal. But as time passes, the neighbors start having second thoughts about Nora. The women's apprehension evolves into admiration. The men's lust evolves into awe. The children are drawn to her in ways they can't explain. And everyone on this little street in 1959 Long Island seems to sense the possibilities and perils of a different kind of future when they look at Nora Silk.

This extraordinary novel by the author of The River King and Local Girls takes us back to a time when the exotic both terrified and intrigued us, and despite our most desperate attempts, our passions and secrets remained as stubbornly alive as the weeds in our well-trimmed lawns.

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including the Practical Magic series and the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, among others. Eight of her novels have made the New York Times bestsellers list.

Hillary Huber is one of the most successful voice talents in Los Angeles. Recent books read for Blackstone Audio include Him, Her, Him Again, the End of Him by Patricia Marx, A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read, and A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart.

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Reviews

“Beautifully told.”

“Stirring, stunning…by far [her] best book.”

“Brilliant and astonishing…Suffused with magic. If ever a book deserved to be called ‘haunting,’ this is it. In every sense of the word.”

“Marvelously sly…[a] wonderful blend of humor, shrewdness, and compassion.”

“Part American Graffiti, part early Updike, Seventh Heaven simultaneously chronicles the coming of age of a group of teenagers in a Long Island town and the gradual dissolution of their parents’ repressed, middle-class world…A parable about changing times and changing values.”

“Seamless storytelling…vivid characters…a lively pace and plenty of surprises.”

“Terrific…Seventh Heaven is one of those rare novels so abundant with life it seems to overflow its own pages…Her storytelling gifts are those of a master.”

“Before you know it, you’re half in love with the ordinary people who inhabit this book; you’re seduced by their susceptibility to the remarkable.”

“A pleasure…Seventh Heaven is not only entertaining—it gives one new respect for tender suburban dreams.”

“A consummate joy…magical.”

“[A] deft blend of magical realism and sociological truth.”

“Literary magic…A beautiful, deceptively simple story about ordinary life in an ordinary housing development nestled beside the Southern State Parkway…Hoffman breaks down the barriers of time, distance, and reticence. She takes us inside the houses of Hemlock Street and shows us how our ordinary neighbors—like ourselves—are both unique and universal, and worthy of love.”

“Powerful…sparkling…Seventh Heaven is a major accomplishment.”

“Spellbinding.”

“Touching and evocative…Reading it can quickly transport you to cloud nine.”

“In the full flowering of her extraordinary talent, Hoffman has produced a wise, poignant and uplifting novel luminous with the sensitive evocation of ordinary lives…As usual she tells more than a compulsively readable story. She does magic, she unsettles you, and she leaves you feeling emotionally purged and satisfied.”

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