The Story Sisters - Alice Hoffman

The Story Sisters

By Alice Hoffman

  • Release Date: 2009-06-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 263 Ratings


A spellbinding coming of age novel about three sisters and the relationships and choices that shape their lives from the bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, The Rules of Magic
"This bewitching novel explores the bonds of sisterhood like a haunting modern fairy tale."—Glamour

Each of three sisters—Elv, Claire, and Meg—has a fate she must meet alone: one on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth, a neighbor who is not who he appears to be, a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there, a detective who finds his heart’s desire, and a demon who will not let go.

What does a mother do when one of her children goes astray? How does she save one daughter without sacrificing the others? How deep can love go, and how far can it take you? These are the questions this luminous novel asks.

At once a coming-of-age tale, a family saga, and a love story of sensual longing, The Story Sisters sifts through the miraculous and the mundane as the girls become women and their choices haunt them, change them and, finally, redeem them. It confirms Alice Hoffman’s reputation as "a writer whose keen ear for the measure struck by the beat of the human heart is unparalleled" (The Chicago Tribune).


  • Too much animal suffering

    By Mrscraftscats
    This is a beautiful, engaging story but if you, like me, are bothered by animal abuse and death, this isnt the book for you. I also felt that the animal abuse and death in the story didnt add anything to the story line and was unnecessary. I love Alice Hoffman, but not this one.
  • Loved this book!

    By stasi7
    It had me from beginning to end! Her writing is one of the best I have ever read.
  • Must read!!

    By Bevin Rae
    Absolutely spellbinding. Alice's words are so timeless and beautiful, you can't help but to read more.
  • Tears on my pillow

    By Anton RC
    I have owned three different versions of this book: The hardcover edition (I forgot it in a hotel room), the paperback (Someone 'borrowed' it) and now finally the e-book. When I sat down yesterday and started reading, I couldn't stop until I finished it early this morning. It is the first book in more than 10 years that touched my soul in such a way that I cried, but not-one-or-two-tears cry. Sobbing, cleansing of the soul cry. When I finally finished it, it filled me with hope, a much better understanding of forgiveness and a less of a longing for the loved ones I have lost recently. Thank you Alice Hoffman.
  • Excellent. . .

    By Christmasgurl
    . . .telling of how lives transform & how early choices inform but do not dictate who our later selves will be - 5 stars
  • Speechless

    By Onyxlover.01
    Enchanting, harrowing and hopeful, this tale had me in tears, sobs and laughter. Alice Hoffman embraces the joy and horror of life in this book, told through three generations, simultaneously.. Really incredible writing, I cannot begin to tell of the emotions this book is capable of making the reader experience, thank you Alice..
  • The story sisters

    By slpeace
    Excellent telling of secrets and the damage they can do to the keepers. 5 stars