Author: Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: November 1st 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction
Length: 272 Pages
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.
Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.
What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.
Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.
Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.
Quote from Faithful
“People say if you face your worst fear, the rest is easy, but those are people who are afraid of rattlesnakes or enclosed spaces, not of themselves and the horrible things they’ve done.”
OK, guys…seriously Faithful by Alice Hoffman was one of the hardest books I read all year. This book ripped my heart out and squeezed it the whole time I was reading it (I.E. Regina/Evil Queen style from OUAT)
Don’t let that dissuade you though…because trust me Faithful was so very worth it.
Faithful follows the story of a young girl involved in a horrific car accident and the effect that moment in time has on her, her family, her relationships and the town.
It’s a story of shock and depression, love and support…and taking the hard road to learning the truth about oneself and ones place in the world. And trust me…Shelby does take the hard road. Focused on punishing herself and escaping from all she knows Shelby is incredibly self destructive until she finds a new and unexpected path open up before her.
Love of dogs, love of bookstores, love of friends…all set Shelby on the path to self realization and ultimately redemption and forgiveness. It’s a long circuitous road but as we learn to have faith in Shelby, she eventually learns to have faith in herself.
Some have tagged this work as Magical Realism, and knowing Hoffman there are a few strands of “the impossible” woven throughout, but this is by no means what I would characterize as fitting within that sub-genre.
A tragically beautiful and moving piece of fiction…Faithful once again proves that Alice Hoffman is an expert when it comes to identifying that which makes life so complicated and so messy while managing to tie that to all that is beautiful and fulfilling about being alive.