I discovered Alice Hoffman in 1995 with Practical Magic, and I’ve been a fan ever since. She’s an author who injects a little bit of magic into the everyday lives of engaging characters, who often live in small New England towns with quirky histories, customs, or legends. Her tales often read like modern-day fairy tales, and Hoffman admits she’s heavily influenced by them.
Most of her career has been flavored by a New England regionalism, but in her last few books she’s branched out into historical fiction, tinged by her own brand of magical realism, including The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites.
Hoffman was born in New York City in 1952, and grew up on Long Island. She attended Adelphi University in 1969, and received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center in 1973-1974. She currently lives in Boston.
Hoffman writes for teens, as well, and has a non-fiction book called Survival Lessons, written in the aftermath of her struggle with cancer several years ago.
I’ve read many of her books, and every time I do, I’m dropped into a world that is comfortingly familiar, yet layered with a subtle enchantment that enthralls. There are several of her books that I haven’t gotten to yet, but that’s okay: while I’m waiting for her next new book to come out, I can always dip back into her worlds with the ones I haven’t read yet for a “Hoffman fix”.
Official website: www.alicehoffman.com