Monthly Book Club Discussion
Please join us on
Wednesday June 21, at 10:00 a.m.
for a discussion of
by Alice Hoffman
The F Street door will be open at 9:45 that morning. Everyone is welcome! Bring your own copy of the book, or check one out from the library!
Hoffman combines aspects of a suspense thriller and a romance, including such surefire elements as an abandoned baby, a youngster on the verge of juvenile delinquency who is reformed, two dogs and a supernatural character who provides the requisite touch of fantasy.
The town of Verity, Fla., starts to steam up in May, when the humidity and temperature soar. Verity is full of divorcees, and when one of them is murdered, Keith Rosen, “Verity’s meanest 12-year-old,” finds her baby, who was in fact the object of an aborted kidnapping, and runs away, instinctively hiding the threatened child. This development brings together Keith’s divorced mother, Lucy, and the town’s surly policeman, Julian Cash, a loner with a tragedy in his past. Despite the murder and a stalking assassin, this is really a fairy tale: Keith bonds with the baby and tames a vicious dog; a ghost/angel falls in love and brings redemption to Julian, and several people begin new lives. Hoffman lards her slick plot with ponderously sentimental observations, the kind of bromides that could be embroidered on a pillow. But she knows how to manipulate suspense and tug the heartstrings with cinematic flow and larger-than-life characters.