Fortune's Daughter Paperback – 1 Dec 1999
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"An elegant and evocative novel that conjures up a kind of modern-day female mythology." -- Chicago Tribune
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Rae Perry is young, unmarried, and far from home as she awaits the birth of her first child -- accompanied by the angry, moody man she's loved since high school. Lila Grey is a fortune-teller with no interest in the future, a mother who lost her daughter long ago, on a cold, cold day. Now, as these two women meet, it is earthquake weather in California -- when animals panic, friends and lovers quarrel, ice cubes dissolve in the palm of your hand. It is a time when things are in the air, and the unexpected happens. For Rae and Lila, it will mean the sudden intertwining of their lives and fates -- as each makes a bid to change her fortune forever...See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a story about a 25 year old, Rae, and her reluctant 44 year old friend, Lila. Rae has wasted her life with a man who is self-centered and obnoxious. Now she is alone and pregnant. Rae meets Lila at a local restaurant, where she is telling people their fortune as seen in their tea leaves. She sees a terrifying fortune in Rae's cup. But is it really Rae's fortune that she sees? Thus begins the story of these two women.
The story is full of tragedy and triumph. It is written so beautifully that it's worthy reading for the prose alone. If you only read one Alice Hoffman book, this should be the one.
I can only summize that this is an early Hoffman book and that her writing prowess improved with time. Certainly if this was the first of hers I'd ever read I wouldn't be tempted to read any more and I would suggest that if you're thinking of giving Hoffman a go, try The River King, Turtle Moon or Second Nature first instead.
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Rae has run off to California with her no-good boyfriend Jessup, abandoning the mother who warned her it would all go horribly wrong. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kate Hopkins
Love Alice Hoffman, was delighted with the Dovekeepers when I read that and was thrilled to discover she has a whole back catoluge of wonderful books, this was greatPublished on 23 May 2014 by Anne Downey