A fun weekly activity from Boston Bibliophile. The rules are:
“As she stood there, Lila imagined what it would be like to follow Hannie inside: the house would be warm and silent, there would be bread and butter and tea. You could sleep here all night and not even hear the wind. And if others missed you, they’d never find you unless you wanted them to.”
(Okay, I cheated with three sentences, but other readers do that all the time.)
Lila Grey has made peace with her life in California. She’s comfortably married to Richard and reads others’ fortunes in tea leaves – a craft she learned back in NY, where she gave birth to a daughter she hasn’t seen since. Lila doesn’t focus on the past – or the future – until she meets young Rae Perry, alone, pregnant, also far from her East Coast home. Lila experiences a few “Am I Your Mother?” moments, and the story goes from there.
Fortune’s Daughter, published in 1985, is now vintage Alice Hoffman. I missed reading this book somehow, and although I’m enjoying reading Hoffman writing like her old self, I’m also aware of the depth and complexity of her newer works. I read The Third Angel this past summer – the first of her books I’ve really liked since Blackbird House. Now I may have to revisit some of the books in between. The path she’s taken has become clearer to me now.