March 25, 2011

Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman

Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman is the first book I've ever picked up based on an author's recommendation. During her Literary Salon Series interview Jodi Picoult mentioned that one of her favorite authors ever is Alice Hoffman so I of course jumped on and immediately ordered one of Hoffman's books that sounded interesting. I was wrong.

The basis synopsis of the book from the back cover is three generations of a family haunted by love, although now that I think about it I really don't know which three generations those were - John's parents, John and Arlyn/Cynthia, Sam and Amy, or Will? Maybe that's why I just didn't get the book. I really can't give you much more about the book than it's about an extremely dysfunctional family trying to figure out why they are so dysfunctional. But I could tell you. It's the:

  • Mom that thinks people have wings and can fly away at any time
  • Son that is high throughout the book and draws scary images (think the possessed artist in Heroes)
  • Dad who is not around, cheats on his wife, and is haunted by his wife after she dies
  • Nanny who sees said wife haunting dad and decides she can and should save druggie son
I know there is a lot more to the book and I'm sure I'm missing the profound meaning and incredible writing, but I just didn't get it. Or to be more clear, I just didn't like it. I'm not a big fan of novels like this that are based more in fantasy than real life (or maybe real life from the perspective of someone high on heroine) and I just couldn't relate.

I'm sure there are a ton of people out there that love Alice Hoffman, including Jodi Picoult, but I just couldn't wrap my head around this one and it definitely did not make me immediately order another one of her books right away. I will give her three stars though because the way the story all tied together was intriguing and yes, I'll admit the writing was good.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the honest review. I'm one of the only people around who doesn't like Jodi Picoult, so I can bet I won't like this one either.
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