The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman

The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman
The Drowning Season 
by Alice Hoffman (Goodreads Author)
Reviewed by


Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Jones

Jan 21, 2018  
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bookshelves: 2018audio3-star4-starfamily-dramahistorical-fiction

Read 2 times. Last read January 16, 2018 to January 21, 2018.

EXCERPT: Once, when Esther the Black was eighteen, she sat on the porch of her grandmother’s house and dragged her feet in the dust until her toes were coated and dark. She had lived within the walls of the Compound of houses owned by her grandparents all of her life, but she promised herself that this year would be different. Esther struck the head of a blue-tipped kitchen match along the railing; she lit a cigarette and tilted her denim cap back on her dark hair. Although she was the same age her grandmother was when she gave birth to her first and only child, Phillip, Esther the Black looked young, she looked like any orphan scowling in the sun. The cap protected Esther’s eyes, but the light was still white hot across her skin; it was the time of year they called Drowning Season, and the day would soon be too hot to sit outdoors; already the heat rose from the grass and the dust in maniac waves.

THE BLURB: The matriarch of a Long Island clan with a stubbornly suicidal son and a defiant, restless granddaughter, Esther has hired a Russian landscaper to watch over the family as well as the grounds of their secluded waterfront estate. But he has been watching Esther, too. And his love for her is growing wild enough to uproot them all.

MY THOUGHTS: While this is not my favorite book by Alice Hoffman, you can’t dispute Hoffman’s talent for making her characters come alive. Hoffman has written a tragic story of a truly dysfunctional family. It is a tale of selfishness, greed, and guilt. It is also the coming of age story of a young woman who has basically raised herself, with the aid of the gardener, and her need to escape; just as her grandmother had done many years earlier.

In no way could this book be considered ‘enjoyable’. But at the same time, there was no way I could have abandoned The Drowning Season. The characters pulled at my heartstrings, and I could not help but think how different their lives could have been if only they had communicated honestly with one another.

3.5 stars.

I listened to the audiobook of The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman, narrated by Bernadette Dunne and published by Blackstone Audio, via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my profile page or the ‘about’ page on for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my page

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