The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman

The Drowning Season

Alice Hoffman

210 pages first pub 1979 (editions)

fiction magical realism emotional mysterious reflective slow-paced


In this powerfully moving novel, bestselling novelist Alice Hoffman paints a vivid portrait of the lives of three generations in a family separated by loneliness, hope, and betrayal. Esther the White is the cold matriarch who fled a cruel life in ...

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mysterious 66%
sad 66%
emotional 33%
reflective 33%


slow 50%
medium 50%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 50%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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