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Fortune's Daughter Paperback – 1 Dec 1999

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reprint edition (Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425168700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425168707
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,814,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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...

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I have read nearly all of Alice Hoffman's books, so I admit that I'm an adamant fan. She writes in such descriptive prose that it could easily be converted to poetry. At this point, this is my favorite Alice Hoffman work.

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.
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I have read nearly every one of Alices books and this is one of my favourites, its one of her earlier books and started me off as a very big fan. Alices writing is magical, I forget everything when I am reading her books. Nothing else gets done as I get carried away with the story. This story is about two women, different but the same. I love stories about womens friendships and I can definitely recommend this one.
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There's no denying that Alice Hoffman writes very readable novels. No matter how far-fatched the subject matter (and there have been a few) she manages to pull you into the world she has created and make you feel a part of that world. So I was disappointed to discover that this wasn't the case with Fortune's Daughter. All of the characters are quite two dimensional and you never really get a feel for who they really are. Apart from Richard, the husband of Lila, I didn't actually like any of the other characters, so found it hard to sympathise with them. Jessop, the protagonist's (Rae) boyfriend was obnoxious and not someone who you would give the time of day to. Rae is weak and only learns to stand on her own two feet what she has no other choice. Finally Lila, the fortune teller whom Rae is inexplicably drawn to, is selfish and seemingly living in the past, unable to forget a traumatic event but also appearing not to want to either. Her behaviour towards the end of the novel is disturbing and perhaps points to some kind of mental illness previously undiagnosed. Hoffman's writing technique manages to pull it off as something magical, but there are moments when you feel real concern for this woman who cannot let go of something she never really had in the first place.

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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