So Much Pretty: A Novel by Cara HoffmanSo Much Pretty: A Novel by Cara Hoffman

So Much Pretty: A Novel

byCara Hoffman

Paperback | March 6, 2012

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So Much Pretty is a fearless first novel,” announced The New York Times Book Review, “for all the passion in this intense narrative, Hoffman writes with a restraint that makes poetry of pain.”

Set in a rural community steeped in silence and denial, So Much Pretty explores all parents’ greatest fear, that their child will be hurt. But it also examines a second, equally troubling question: What if my child hurts someone else? The disappearance and murder of nineteen-year-old Wendy White is detailed through the eyes of journalist Stacy Flynn and a host of other richly drawn characters, each with their own secrets and convictions. After Wendy’s body is found, Flynn’s intense crusade to expose a killer draws the attention of a precocious local girl, Alice Piper, whose story intertwines with Wendy’s in a spellbinding and unexpected climax.
Title:So Much Pretty: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 6, 2012Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451617283

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from So much confusion Every chapter I started felt like I was picking up a new book. There were so many characters, I really should have been writing them all down as I was going along just so I could refer back to it when another character mentioned a name. Then just when I get three quarters of the way through the book and think I have everyone figured out, along comes another chapter about a new character. And then another. With the character confusion and the time jumps in every chapter, nothing flowed. I give it two stars instead of one because overall, the story wasn't bad. It just didn't seem to be put together very well.
Date published: 2012-08-07

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Prologue THEY ARE LOOKING for someone with blond or dark brown or black hair. Someone with blue or maybe brown or green eyes. She could be five foot six or five-eight. Her hair could also be red, could be an unnatural color like pink or white. It is likely she weighs between 110 and 140 pounds and may have a scar or bruise on her throat. She would be working somewhere unseen. Working as a waitress or secretary or laborer. She could be a student. There is a strong possibility she would have a nontraditional job. That she’s transient, works agriculture or construction or second shift. She has physical strength and is articulate. Could be speaking English or Spanish or French. Could be in New York or Illinois or Tennessee. Canada or Mexico. Places where it rains all day or places where the grass has burnt to yellow. Could be among hollows between road and field, trails where the creek bed has dried. Could be anywhere. She could be hitchhiking or taking public transportation, could be walking. She could be named Jamie, or Catherine, or Liz. Alexandra, Annie, Maria. Any name at all. She may be aloof. She may be sensitive and drawn to helping people. She is on her own and likely broke, and might be reliant on those she doesn’t know. Searches peaked in the spring and summer months, and they are looking for her still. As we are well aware, it is easy for a woman who fits this description to just disappear. © 2011 Cara Hoffman

Editorial Reviews

“So Much Pretty is a compelling whodunit, an unnerving portrait of just what the back of nowhere looks like, and an arresting meditation on our culture's ongoing acceptance of violence against women. It's powered by both a despairing tenderness and an unflinching rage, each of which, as the novel makes heartbreakingly clear, are more than justified.”—Jim Shepard, author of You Think That’s Bad and Like You’d Understand, Anyway