Hoffman's stunning new novel spans three generations, revealing the ramifications of a misguided love affair and its effects on the primary players and their children. Haunting and deeply emotional, this smoothly penned book
will entrance.

Arlyn and John are married with two children: Sam, who is artistically and intellectually gifted, and Blanca, their eager-to-please daughter. Their marriage is far from perfect -- they merely seem to coexist with one another -- and Arlyn believes that John is having an affair with her best friend. As Blanca and Sam grow older, Sam's self-destructive impulses manifest themselves through abuse of drugs and alcohol. Blanca's life is the opposite. She strives to do what she believes is right, even when she prepares to meet Sam's son. (Little, Brown, Jan., 256 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick