The Ice Queen: A Novel

by Alice Hoffman

Little, Brown And Company | April 1, 2005 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Ice Queen: A Novel is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Be careful what you wish for. A woman who was touched by tragedy as a child now lives a quiet life, keeping other people at a cool distance. She even believes she wants it that way. Then one day she utters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks a strange and powerful new beginning. After the lightning strike, the chill in her spirit starts to have physical manifestations. She feels frozen from the inside out, and everything red looks as colorless as snow. Hearing of a fellow lightning-strike survivor - a man who was apparently dead for forty minutes, then simply got up and walked away - she goes in search of him. Perhaps Lazarus Jones, as he is known, can teach her to live without fear. He turns out to be her perfect opposite, a man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both hide their most dangerous secrets - what happened in the past that turned one to ice and the other to fire. And everyone in her fragile network of friends and family will be drawn into the conflagration of their joining. Alice Hoffman has written a magical story of passion, loss, and renewal. With a spareness and immediacy that only a master could achieve, she illuminates the bonds and mysteries that connect mother and daughter, sister and brother, woman and man.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 1, 2005

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0759513481

ISBN - 13: 9780759513488

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Major Spoiler Alert-Hauntingly Beautiful Ice Queen Alice Hoffman Alice Hoffman's, Ice Queen is a hauntingly beautiful look at loss and learning to let go, and learning to love and appreciate what you what you have. Hoffman leads you to places in your heart books can rarely take you. She writes prose with the skill of a poet. It will make you slow down and savour every aching word. It follows the life of an eight year old who thinks her mother dies after she wishes her so. Their father had taken off years ago, so her and her brother are raised by their grandmother. The young girl does not allow herself to love, because to love is to lose. She doesn't allow herself boyfriends, just casual relationships. When her grandmother dies, she moves to Florida to be closer to her brother and his wife, and she doesn't even allow herself to become close to them. Then she is struck by lightening, and after her near death experience, her brother and sister teach her to live and love again. Her brother is a meteorologist, and gets her involved in a study for survivors of lightening strikes, and she finally learns to make friends. She finds out about a survivor outside the study who came back to life after being dead for 40 minutes. She begins a torrid affair with him to help her forget and ignore her pain and other effects of her condition, but for the first time in her life she wants more, To know more about him and his secrets. She is also confronted with her brother's experience of being terminally ill with cancer, with a baby on the way. She finally gets to know him and her sister-in-law. As she watches her brother die, she learns how to finally live and love, by watching his relationship with his wife. This makes her finally understand the comment of a former lover a homicide detective, when she asked him what the best way to die was. e told her it was to "live and live well." When Nina senses her brother will not live to see the birth of his child, she nearly bankrupts herself to send him to a medivac plane to northern California to experience the Monarch Butterfly migration. She also become her sister-in-laws breathing coach and niece's Godmother. Nina eventually moves back to New Jersey and opens up to life. This book is ripe with symbolism, from bats and moles, to the metamorphosis of the butterflies, as in emerging from the dark and change and rebirth. I read this one a while back and wrote a personal review in my book journal, and it brought tears to my eyes again as I wrote this. It was such a brilliantly executed book, I cried several times while reading it. There is not a thing I can think as a criticism on this book, plain brilliance that is pure Hoffman.
Date published: 2010-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read! I can tell you right off the bat that this isn't the kind of book I'm used to reading. However, I truly did like it. I had a hard time trying to get through the beginning, mainly because of the character's despression and frame of mind. I've seen depression first-hand (my best friend) and know what it can do to a person and the people around them. And it's not what that person does to come out of her shell, but the people around you. Just like this character. I honestly believe that had she not been struck by lightning, her life may have not turned out the way it did. I think it took that cataclysmic to help the start of unravel. I'm glad that she got to know her brother; I'm glad that she had Larazus for the length of time, and I'm glad that Nina helped her completely free of her shell. I believe that if it hadn't been for Nina, I don't think this story would have turned out the same way. And as weird as this seems, I didn't mind it much, but did anyone else notice that the main character, whoever she is, didn't have a name? Not once was her name mentioned in this book. Although that struck me odd, it truly didn't have an effect to the story - just something that I noticed at the end of the novel. A good read!
Date published: 2008-02-05

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The Ice Queen: A Novel

by Alice Hoffman

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 1, 2005

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0759513481

ISBN - 13: 9780759513488

From the Publisher

Be careful what you wish for. A woman who was touched by tragedy as a child now lives a quiet life, keeping other people at a cool distance. She even believes she wants it that way. Then one day she utters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks a strange and powerful new beginning. After the lightning strike, the chill in her spirit starts to have physical manifestations. She feels frozen from the inside out, and everything red looks as colorless as snow. Hearing of a fellow lightning-strike survivor - a man who was apparently dead for forty minutes, then simply got up and walked away - she goes in search of him. Perhaps Lazarus Jones, as he is known, can teach her to live without fear. He turns out to be her perfect opposite, a man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both hide their most dangerous secrets - what happened in the past that turned one to ice and the other to fire. And everyone in her fragile network of friends and family will be drawn into the conflagration of their joining. Alice Hoffman has written a magical story of passion, loss, and renewal. With a spareness and immediacy that only a master could achieve, she illuminates the bonds and mysteries that connect mother and daughter, sister and brother, woman and man.

About the Author

Alice Hoffman, an American novelist and screenwriter, was born in New York City on March 16, 1952. She earned a B.A. from Adelphi University in 1973 and an M.A. in creative writing from Stanford University in 1975 before publishing her first novel, Property Of, in 1977. She is the author of more than fifteen novels, two books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Known for blending realism and fantasy in her fiction, Hoffman often creates richly detailed characters who live on society's margins and places them in extraordinary situations as she did with At Risk, her 1988 novel about the AIDS crisis. Some of her other works include The Drowning Season, Seventh Heaven, The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, and The Ice Queen. Her book, The Third Angel, won the 2008 New England Booksellers' Award for fiction. Two of her novels, Practical Magic and Aquamarine, were made into films. She has also written numerous screenplays, including adaptations of her own novels and the original screenplay Independence Day. her latest novel is entitled, The Red Garden.
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