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Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 1998: Here on Earth is set in motion when March Murray and her teenage daughter travel from their California home to New England. Their stay is to be brief. Judith Dale, her childhood housekeeper-cum-foster mother, has died, and March must set things to right and get out of gloomy Jenkintown as quickly as possible. "Five days tops," she reassures her scientist husband. Instead, she is pulled back into the arms of Hollis, her first love--an avaricious, Heathcliff-like individual who radiates sulfur and cruelty. "She left and didn't come back, not even when he called her, and yet here she is, on this dark night; here and no place else." In this deep fable of loss and control, love and fear, Alice Hoffman allows us into her characters' cores and makes us wish their fortunes were happier. Here on Earth is filled with wisdom, what-ifs, and animals who seem, if not to know more than human beings, at least to know how to shy from danger.
As this novel opens, March Murray Cooper returns to her hometown, ostensibly to bury the woman who raised her but needing to resolve the unfinished business of her youthful love for Hollis, from whom she has been separated for years. Hollis has now grown into a man embittered by loneliness. He has learned neither to forgive nor to forget, and March must discover whether he can ever learn to love. Hoffman (Practical Magic, LJ 12/94) takes great care here to examine the many facets of love and relationships, turning them like a prism to reflect on March and Hollis. Hoffman's evocative language and her lyrical descriptions of place contrast sharply with the emotional scars that her characters must uncover and bear. Her novel is a haunting tale of a woman lost in and to love; it will enthrall the reader from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
-?Caroline M. Hallsworth, Cambrian Coll., Sudbury, Ontario
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I came across this book at a garage sale, and because it said it was one of Oprah's Book Club selections, I couldnt wait to read it. Ugh. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Mary Reynolds
I found this book to be a great psychological thriller, sad but great.
When March and her daughter Gwen take a trip to the mother's childhood home of near Boston, little do... Read more
I got about halfway through this book when I simply couldn't take it anymore and started leafing through till the end. Read morePublished on March 31 2004
I liked reading this book but just was not all that pleased at the end. It was kind of strange.Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Rachel Dawson
I've read most of the Oprah's Book club selections and just got around to reading this one. I was expecting similarities to Wuthering Heights, but this is just a rehash 90's... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004
After nineteen of living in California, March Murray and her fifteen-year-old daughter Gwen come home. Read more
After nineteen years of living in California, March Murray and her fifteen-year-old daughter Gwen come home. Read more
I was angry with Ms. Hoffman for keeping me up past my bedtime on a work night, but I had to know what happened to the star-crossed lovers of Here on Earth. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003