Tuesday 29 May 2018

The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the queen of every enchanting world created in a childhood. Like the fairy godmother, who oversees and directs it all, she weaves her poetic spells over all of us and we escape from our reality into otherworldly forests, bursting with elves, pixies, magic mushrooms and also sometimes demons and witches.

The Story Sisters are Elv, Claire and Meg. They speak Arnelle, which only they understand (of course). They live with their mother, Annie, who is divorced and visit their grandmother in Paris.

The demons that cling to these girls as they grow into women are fierce, and the ghosts of the past that will haunt them forever are tragic and have desperate consequences. That makes this magic darker than usual, and the outcomes necessarily more sad than I would want for my heroines.

Nevertheless, the threads weaving this tale into a believable whole are the beautiful, evolving relationships - sisters, mothers, boyfriends and lovers. This is so well done, it's captivating.

I enjoyed the Story Sisters' story, dark and twisted though it was.

3 stars

ISBN: 9780307393869

You may also enjoy The Rules of Magic by the same author, or what about The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle?

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