Dimensions: 288 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in
Published: June 3, 2010
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307393852
ISBN - 13: 9780307393852
About the Book
Veteran heartstring-puller Hoffman examines the lives of three women at different crossroads in their lives, tying their London-centered stories together in devastating retrospect--"Publishers Weekly."
Read from the Book
I. The Heron''s Wife 1999 Madeline Heller knew she was reckless. She had flown to London from New York two days ahead of schedule and was now checked into her room at the Lion Park Hotel in Knightsbridge. The air was still and filled with dust motes; the windows hadn''t been opened in months. Everything smelled like cedar and lavender. Maddy felt hot and exhausted from her travels but she didn''t bother to turn on the air conditioner. She was madly, horribly, ridiculously in love with the wrong man and it made her want to lie there on the bed, immobilized. Madeline wasn''t stupid; she was an attorney in New York. She was thirty-four years old and had graduated from Oberlin and NYU Law School, a tall woman with long black hair. Many people thought she was beautiful and smart, but none of those people mattered. They didn''t know her. They had no idea she was a traitor to her own flesh and blood. They would never have guessed she would throw her life away so easily, without thinking twice. There was good love and there was bad love. There was the kind that helped raise a person above her failings and there was the desperate sort that struck when someone least wanted or expected it. That was what had happened to Maddy this past spring when she''d come to London to help plan her sister''s wedding. Allie hadn''t even asked for her help; it was their mother, Lucy, who''d told Maddy she should go to London and assist with the preparations; she was the maid of honor after all. And the
From the Publisher
"Alice Hoffman is my favorite writer."
Alice Hoffman is one of our most beloved writers. Here on Earth was
an Oprah Book Club selection. Practical Magic and Aquamarine were
both bestselling books and Hollywood movies. Her novels have
received mention as notable books of the year by the New York
Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, and
People magazine, and her short fiction and nonfiction have
appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine,
Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, and
Now, in The Third Angel, Hoffman weaves a magical and
stunningly original story that charts the lives of three women in
love with the wrong men: Headstrong Madeleine Heller finds herself
hopelessly attracted to her sister's fiancé. Frieda Lewis, a
doctor's daughter and a runaway, becomes the muse of an ill-fated
rock star. And beautiful Bryn Evans is set to marry an Englishman
while secretly obsessed with her ex-husband. At the heart of the
novel is Lucy Green, who blames herself for a tragic accident she
witnessed at the age of twelve, and who spends four decades
searching for the Third Angel-the angel on earth who will renew her
Brilliantly evoking London's King's Road, Knightsbridge, and
Kensington while moving effortlessly back in time, The Third
Angel is a work of startling beauty about the unique,
alchemical nature of love.
From the Jacket
"Is there an American novelist who understands the complicated and
mulitfacted nature of love in all its manifestations - romantic,
familial, platonic - better than Alice Hoffman?... Some critics
have minimed the complexity of Hoffman's work by refering to her as
a romance writers. Well, Hoffman is a romance writer, but then so
were Flaubert, Proust, the Bronte sisters, and Jane Austen. The
Third Angel is indeed a romance, but one of intricacy and
pathos, with characters beautifully, believably and empathetically
drawn.…The Third Angel represents yet another strong,
visceral and deeply, darkly moving tale of love and heatbreak,
tragedy and redemption from a writer whose keen ear for the measure
struck by the beat of the human heart is unparalleled. The
Third Angel is an intense, provocative and throughly affecting
- The Chicago Tribune
"Like Michael Cunningham's 'The Hours,' Hoffman's tale weaves the
stories of women at key moments in their lives with revelations
both stunning and inevitable."
- The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
"Its realism, combined with a refreshing lightness and its
success in portraying emotion with empathy, draws the reader into a
deep involvement with the books' appealing yet flawed characters.
Each woman faces up to her challengers in her own way, proving that
everyone in the end is responsible for his or her own
- The Economist
"Hoffman's luminous language bounces us into accepting not
only coincident but also its consequences."
- The Boston Globe
"Alice Hoffman paints her books in big strokes and bright colors,
with slashes of romantic reds and blacks. She's a teller of fairy
tells, well-worn or new."
- The Columbus Dispatch
"With a graceful nod to the power of redemption, Alice Hoffman
reminds readers we are all hurt and broken, stumbling through life
and fumbling for love, but sometimes we can still find out way to
where we want to go."
- Charlotte Observer
"Headstrong women, reckless love affairs and a liberal dusting
of the supernatural are the pleasurable trademarks of an Alice
Hoffman novel….Her passionate storytelling and
intense characters make a deeply personal connetion that should
bewitch old fans and new readers alike."
- People Magazine (A "People Pick," 4-stars)
"Un-put-downable….The Third Angel soars….an unforgettable
portrait of the depth of true love."
"Hoffman makes vivid and new the realization that grace,
beauty, and forgiveness can arise out of the most devastating
"Alice Hoffman's richly layered novel, The Third Angel, is
one of her best."
"Hands down, this captivating book is one of Hoffman's best. It
follows three women's lives as they flow together and apart,
tributaries linked by the same tragic love story and mysterious
ghost. You'll want to start it again as soon as you're done."
"A book that's hard to put away completely. Even long after it's
finished, you may find its characters sneaking, like ghosts, back
into your head."
- St. Louis Post Dispatch
"These stories capture the fleeting happiness of doomed, misguided
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Elegant and stunning….Hoffman interweaves the three storioes,
gazing unerringly into forces that cause some people to
self-destrut and others to find inner strength to last a lifetime."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"One of her best…an exceptionally well-structured, beguiling, and
affecting triptych of catastrophic love stories….Not only is
Hoffman spellbinding in this incandescent fusion of dark romance
and penetrating psychic insight, she also opens diverse and
compelling worlds, dramatizes the shocks and revelations that forge
the self, and reveals the necessity and toll of empathy and
kindness. Hoffman has transcended her own genre."
- Booklist (starred review)
"The Third Angel places Hoffman at perhaps the pinnacle of
her bountiful literary talents."
"A mesmerizing tale of the human condition….sure to please
Hoffman's fans and win over new readers."
"The Third Angel is brilliantly crafted, deeply
moving, and utterly enchanting. I loved these characters for their
complexity, their unpredictability and for the way they showed
subtle and shifting nuance in human nature. One of the best things
about Alice Hoffman's writing is that she grounds you in detail and
also frees your imagination to soar to places it has never
been--often simultaneously. Reading her is immensely
- Elizabeth Berg, author of The Day I Ate Whatever I
More Praise for Alice Hoffman:
"Alice Hoffman is my favorite writer." -Jodi Picoult
"With her glorious prose and extraordinary eyes . . . Alice Hoffman
seems to know what it means to be a human being."
-Susan Isaacs, Newsday
"Alice Hoffman takes seemingly ordinary lives and lets us see and
feel extraordinary things."
"Hoffman's characters, male and female, tend to be defined by the
restless, lonely ache of what's missing in their lives, which
becomes clear only when they fill the void with something either
unexpectedly right or horribly
wrong. Along the way, Hoffman seems to wriggle into their skin,
breathe their air, and think their thoughts."
About the Author
ALICE HOFFMAN is the author of nineteen novels, two books of short stories, and eight books for children and young adults. Her work has been published in more than twenty translations and in more than one hundred foreign editions. She divides her time between Boston and New York City.
“Is there an American novelist who understands the complicated and mulitfacted nature of love in all its manifestations — romantic, familial, platonic — better than Alice Hoffman?... Some critics have minimed the complexity of Hoffman’s work by refering to her as a romance writers. Well, Hoffman is a romance writer, but then so were Flaubert, Proust, the Bronte sisters, and Jane Austen. The Third Angel is indeed a romance, but one of intricacy and pathos, with characters beautifully, believably and empathetically drawn.… The Third Angel represents yet another strong, visceral and deeply, darkly moving tale of love and heatbreak, tragedy and redemption from a writer whose keen ear for the measure struck by the beat of the human heart is unparalleled. The Third Angel is an intense, provocative and throughly affecting novel.” — The Chicago Tribune “Like Michael Cunningham’s ‘The Hours,’ Hoffman’s tale weaves the stories of women at key moments in their lives with revelations both stunning and inevitable.” — The Pittsburgh Post Gazette “Its realism, combined with a refreshing lightness and its success in portraying emotion with empathy, draws the reader into a deep involvement with the books’ appealing yet flawed characters. Each woman faces up to her challengers in her own way, proving that everyone in the end is responsible for his or her own destiny.” — The Economist