When "Property Of" was published in 1977, "Kirkus Reviews"
described it as "that precious commodity, the first novel of great
promise." In telling the story of a young outsider who is obsessed
with her gang-leader lover but unwilling to commit to becoming one
of "the Property of the Orphans"--the tough girls who belong to the
boys on the avenue--Alice Hoffman explores hard truths about how
difficult it is to love another, and yet how much more difficult it
is to pull away.