Don’t you just love it when you find an author new to you, whose writing you love, and you have all his/her books ahead of you to read? That is the happy place I find myself in with Alice Hoffman.
I just finished listening to the audiobook version of her book, The Ice Queen, and I immediately headed out to the library to find more of her books. Ms. Hoffman is an author that speaks truth — emotional truth — and I particularly love authors that do that well. The Ice Queen is an emotional journey through a young woman’s life and psyche. This young woman was very damaged by life. In a moment of anger at age eight, she tells her mother who was leaving for an evening out with friends, that she wished she wouldn’t come back. Her mother was killed that evening in a car accident on the ice. The emotional devastation of that loss left the girl’s heart frozen.
She grew up, became a librarian, lived a quiet life withdrawn from other people. Then, in a moment of quiet desperation, she made another wish, and she was struck by lightening … but it didn’t kill her, instead it began to change everything…
This story is described as “magical,” and it is fantastical is certain ways. The author weaves in elements of fairy tales, (it is considered a modern interpretation of The Snow Queen), but the reality of the main character’s emotional changes and growth keep it a very grounded and human story. I found it very moving and thought-provoking, and highly recommend it.
Click on the links below to read some excellent blog posts about this book:
Nymeth (things mean a lot)
Rhinoa (Rhinoa’s Ramblings)
Mindy (Farmer Family Scoop)