The Marriage of Opposites

The Marriage of Opposites❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ The Marriage of Opposites Author Alice Hoffman – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk “A luminous Maruez esue tale” O The Oprah Magazine from the New York Times bestselling author of The Museum of Extraordinary Things a forbidden love story set on a tropical island about the extrao “A luminous Maruez esue tale” O The Oprah Magazine from the New York Times bestselling author of The Museum of Extraordinary Things a forbidden love story set on a tropical island about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of ImpressionismGrowing up on idyllic St Thomas in the early s Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris Rachel’s The Marriage PDF/EPUB ² mother a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inuisition has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules Growing up Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths and her deep life long friendship with Jestine Adelle’s daughter But Rachel’s life is not her own She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business When her older husband dies suddenly and his handsome much younger nephew Frédérick arrives from France to settle the estate Rachel seizes her own life story beginning a defiant passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family including her favorite son who will become one of the greatest artists of France “A work of art” Dallas Morning News The Marriage of Opposites showcases the beloved bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers “Her lush seductive prose and heart pounding subjectmake this latest skinny dip in enchanted realismthe Platonic ideal of the beach read” Slatecom Once forgotten to history the marriage of Rachel and Frédérick “will only renew your commitment to Hoffman’s astonishing storytelling” USA TODAY. I thought the Dovekeepers was absolutely a fantastic bookYet For some reasonI thought The Marriage of Opposites was going to be a much straight forward simple story one that was even familiar to me Simple Sweet historical love story I was wrong nothing was 'simple' There was 'love' but I was reminded How complicated love can be It's been a very long time since I've cried bawling after completing a book I literally set my Kindle down closed it and cried and cried Later my husband came home and he was kind to sit with me for about an hour while I shared to him the story as I tried to understand my own tears because I really don't think most people will cry at all I absolutely love Alice Hoffman and She 'really' is a master storyteller I think Hoffman is becoming my new hero Boy I sure wish I could meet her I'm really speechless still in tears I'm not sure if it's because I'm Jewish or not But what I was crying to is my own Jewish History This story was 'not' about thousands of Jews being killed it was not a war story yet in some ways this story was just as painful to me as if it were When mothers are too critical of their sons and daughters many other people suffer and many generations continue to suffer I felt sad that rules we're often too constricting for characters in this novel It's strange but I also felt sad when rules were not kept because I understood the pain it was also When religions become tribalpeople are going to get hurt Rachel is a dominant character in the story and even when she was being unreasonable being mean critical to her son the famous painter often like her mother was to herI could still feel and see that she loved her son deeply Her pride blocked her own expression of love I'll never forget this story I just wish that in 2015 we might learn something in some wayslife does not look much different today than it did in the 1800's Other than most of us do not have 11 children lolBeautiful powerful difference making novel for meThank you with all my heart to the publisher Netgalley and Alice Hoffman for the opportunity to read and share my thoughts about this book No doubt about it Hoffman is a talented author She's got a uniue style and her stories are always so diverse This one is no different It is lavishly lyrical in spirits visions and superstitions She spins a story that is culturally rich with texture and history It takes place in St Thomas in the late 1800's and is split into 3 stories Rachel Jacobo and Lyddie I adored Rachel’s story her 1st marriage arranged to a man significantly older determined her life and what it spanned to be Jacobo and Lyddie’s story although interesting is where my interest started to wain Rachel’s story was fascinating and I grew attached to the character Then the story shifted and she was no longer the protagonist I felt disconnected and a little frustrated as the story left me demanding to know of Rachel’s feelings and experiences The rest of the novel just felt contrived and too long; or maybe I just felt it wasn’t where I wanted it to be Overall I rate it a 35★ The writing in Alice Hoffman’s Marriage of Opposites is extraordinary and engaging Set on St Thomas in the early 19th century our main character Rachel refuses to live by the rules That’s a problem the community of Jews who have taken refuge here don’t want to be noticed And Rachel’s behavior is sure to get them noticed We follow Rachel for uite some time before switching to another point of view character At first I wanted to stay with Rachel’s narrative but I was soon immersed in the perspective of several other characters and became even engagedMarriage of Opposites is based on the history of impressionist painter Pisarro and his rule breaking parents I’ll admit that this connection made the story interesting but there’s plenty to keep the reader engaged with the life stories presented in this novel And fortunately all the individual stories came together and made for a satisfying end to this intriguing novel 45 stars Reading The Marriage of Opposites really made me thinkThe Rules of Magic is my favorite Alice Hoffman book but have I found a new favorite? Oh yes it is my new favorite as I adored this book One of the things I love about Hoffman's books is that each one is so different Yes she has a running theme in many of her books and this one was no differentthe color red red haired women birds and of course love no magical realism in here but not missed But the stories she weaves are so uniue and varied but utterly captivatingThe Marriage of Opposites is the story of Rachel Pissarro growing up on the island of St Thomas in the early 1800's I enjoy visiting St Thomas and seeing the land though I'm partial to Tortola right across the water via ferry I enjoyed hearing of the lush lands the foods and the people from so long ago Rachel was a strong young woman who spoke her mind and did what she wanted Naturally this ruffled many feathers in her community and within the Jewish families Rachel was married to her fathers business partner to help save the business and so her epic life began The story moves back and forth between St Thomas and Paris France where Rachel has longed to visit There are many rules of marriage and that of opposites is forbidden But that does not stop Rachel Eventually when her husband dies she marries his nephew who is sent to the island to take over the business And so begins the love affair that last many years to come Though they are shunned due to this forbidden marriage But Rachel does not care She gives birth to many children but one in particular is focused on That is Camille Pissarro the the Father of Impressionism One of the wonderful things of this book is that it's part true story and part fiction Camille was a real person a very well known painter in France and his mother was Rachel who gave birth to many children Hoffman weaves this true tale but adding in details of their lives This is uite the family saga drawn over many years and many peopleI listened to the audio version of this which added to the beauty of this book The narrators were wonderful switching between the voice of Rachel Camille and a 'narrator' telling this amazing story If you can't tell by now I loved this book I'm so glad that I finally read it and will tell any Hoffman fan to pick this one up I just need to figure out which Hoffman book to follow up with now I think that is a tall order to fill Then I understood that when someone begins to tell you her story you are entwined togetherThis uote is much like the way I felt after reading this excellent novel Rachel Pomié Petit Pizzarro shared her story and that of her son the renowned Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro For a time I was completely wrapped up in their lives and immersed in the vibrant colors and rich history of the island of St Thomas Books like this are the reason why historical fiction remains one of my favorite genres of writing This is historical fiction at its finest – not just a recounting of historical events but a telling of a story filled with strong characters vivid descriptions beautiful prose family dynamics and rich culture The historical details were fascinating and woven throughout the narrative in a way that made it a pleasure to learn and read Alice Hoffman includes island folklore superstitions and a splash of magical realism in her novel which adds another wonderful layer to the whole experience She never went overboard in this book; never made me shake my head in disbelief It was all part of the culture of the island and thus felt natural and true to the life of this exotic location Rachel was a dreamer; she was strong willed even as a young girl She was of Jewish heritage and the story of her parents and their ancestors was one of flight and escape from persecution They settled on this island to make a life where they could practice their faith without fear But it was in Rachel’s blood that desire to strike out and explore the world She wanted to see Paris She wanted to break free from her mother a woman filled with bitterness Heat was at the core of our lives a shape shifter that never was too far from the door It made me want to step out of my clothes and dive into another life one where there were linden trees and green lawns where women wore black silk dresses and crinolines that rustled when they walked a country where the moon rose like a silver disc into a cold clear skyOf course living in St Thomas during the early 1800s women didn’t have the freedom to do as they wished Education in a school was not even an option for a young girl Her father’s library was a lifesaver and the place where Rachel grew to understand of the world Her father taught her the basics of the family business She befriended their cook’s daughter Jestine a girl of mixed blood – her mother is of African descent and her father is unnamed but likely a member of her own community This broadened her world further; now she saw life from the different perspectives of the island’s various and colorful inhabitants But as fate would have it Rachel needed to step up and show her practical side in order to save her father’s business from ruin She did just this but never truly abandoned her dreams completelyMixed within this historical novel was also a beautiful love story one that didn’t detract from the novel’s sophistication but instead added to it A scandal arose in Rachel’s faith community when she fell in love with a young man Their relationship was strictly forbidden yet this determined woman would not listen to ‘reason’ and instead listened to her heart His presence was like a spell his name an incantation What followed was heartache but also much joy Here we finally meet Camille Pizzarro later changed to Pissarro and are witness to the growth of a remarkable and gifted artist The tragedy was that Camille was perhaps much like his mother in her youth and yet as is often the case in parent child relationships there is the sting of disapproval for one trying to live outside the conventions of society I am not creative; I don’t have a single artistic bone in my body yet I adore watching and reading of the creative process It is done so well here Hoffman manages to make us feel for Camille and root for him in his longing to express himself through his painting He was seen as an oddity in the community and Rachel tried to stifle his talents We’re likely to see our children as we wish to not as they are Like his mother before him Camille felt constricted in the closed community of the island He wished to escape as well to find the freedom to express himself He skipped school to practice his art and to explore the rest of the island He watched the boats from faraway lands come into the harbor; he mingled with the people of color learned their stories and painted their portraits Flesh tones didn’t show the real substance of people neither their physical aspects nor their soulsEventually we have the opportunity to travel to Paris and see it from the eyes of this artist I loved those scenes as well I could go on and on about this book but I’m going to stop myself here This book is full of emotions colors mother child relationships love meaningful friendships grief and artistry I so enjoyed learning of the lives of such compelling characters I may not always have agreed with Rachel’s decisions and actions especially as a mother but Hoffman managed to make me understand her nevertheless I already knew mother daughter bonds could be tricky but I didn’t uite imagine mother son relationships to be eually complicated; and I have experience with both I adored the only other book I’ve read by this author – The Dovekeepers but I loved this even Highly recommended Love him not less A work of historical fiction written by Alice Hoffman was all I needed to know and I was immediately interested in reading this book I loved the Dovekeepers and while they are very different stories Hoffman's lyrical writing and story telling had me fully engaged in this family saga I have to admit that I did not know much at all about the artist Camille Pissaro and certainly nothing about his mother or his early life in St Thomas or later in Paris I couldn't help but love Rachel who defies the conventions of what a young Jewish girl in the early 1800's should be doing by loving the books in her father's library and writing stories Her family settled in St Thomas as a result of the religious persecution of the Inuisition While the later part of the book focuses on her artist son the story belongs to the independent and headstrong Rachel but we also see in Camille the same traitsIn addition to the skillful way that Hoffman develops the character of Rachel she has also drawn a whole cast of characters from Rachel's mother and father to the boy that her family adopts to her best friend Jestine whose mother is a servant in their home to Rachel's husbands There are a number of characters whose lives are connected and there are a few secrets that are divulged towards the end of the story revealing things about them that we did not know earlier in the book and some things that they did not know that changed their fatesIn addition to these interesting characters there are spirits and an herbal healer and a woman who foresees the future None of this overtook the reality of the multiple love stories all beautiful and some heartbreaking the reality of the religious and racial issues Then there is the gorgeous descriptions of St Thomas that allow you to almost see the blue of the ocean and smell the flowersHoffman tells us that she has kept close to the facts of Rachel Pizzaro's life but that the characters outside of her family friends and neighbors are her invention All I can say is that she has skillfully woven these characters into the real story making for a story that held me from beginning to end in spite of a being a little slow moving at times Thus 4 instead of 5 stars but highly recommendedThanks to Simon and Shuster and Edelweiss WARNING MY REVIEW CONTAINS PLENTY OF SPOILERSThe Marriage of Opposites op·po·site ˈäpəzətnoun plural noun oppositesa person or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or something else My father had told me that no matter how comfortable we might feel we must live like fish unattached to any land Wherever there was water we would survive Some fish could stay in the mud for months even years and when at last there was a high flooding tide they would swim away a dark flash remembered only by their own kind So perhaps the stories they told of our people were true no net could hold us” Rachel PomieAt its very best historical fiction manages not only to sketch an accurate picture of the past it also provides the reader with a sense of its characters's worldviews their values and traditions and the general sensibilities that hopefully reflect the true essence and spirit of the eraThe Marriage of Opposites is based on the true life of Rachel Pomie Petit Pizzarro who was born in the island of St Thomas in 1795 She is better known as the mother of Camille Pissarro a renowned painter that would become one of the fathers of the French Impressionism movementAlice Hoffman uses four narrative voices in the book the first few chapters are told from Rachel’s perspectives Later chapters are told from the perspective of Rachel’s second husband her son and her best friend’s daughterRachel's grandparents had long ago fled France who after living in St Domingue what is now Haiti in the island of Hispaniola ended up moving to St Thomas an island that by virtue of an edict proclaimed by the King of Denmark in 1754 allowed Jews to become citizens and to freely practice their religionSt Thomas and Paris during the 1800's the geographical settings of this novel couldn't have been different The very natural but rudimentary beauty of the New World is juxtaposed against the polished sophisticated culture of the Old This is the first one of many opposite narratives that are part of the stories told in this vivid enchanted novelMost of the relationships are depicted within a frame of contrasts people that come from different cultures religions races and social statuses Free man slaves mothers sons men women husband and wivesEven since the times of colonization The Caribbean islands have represented the blending of two major cultures Africa Europe Perhaps than in any other place in the Americas this region is a product of its history and its geographyInitially colonized by the Dutch St Thomas which is now part of the US Virgin Islands was later on conuered by the Danish The island's economy became dependent on sugar plantations which in turn relied on slave labor and the slave trade A Colonial Map of Saint ThomasOne of the many topics explored in The Marriage of Opposites is the complicated relationship between the island's European settlers and the descendants of African slaves With its multicultural multilingual population Charlotte Amalie the capital of St Thomas must have sounded like a small scale version of Babel French was the language spoken by most citizens but many also spoke English Spanish and PortugueseBy 1796 a small Sephardic Jewish community had settled in the island Fleeing Spain and Portugal from religious persecution they set roots and prospered in this tiny island nation They also founded the Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim a synagogue that is considered to this day the oldest continuous use synagogue on American territoryFreedom and specifically freedom of religion is another complex issue that is examined on this novel By the early 19th century the indigenous people of the Caribbean had long ago been eradicated at the hands of the European conuistadors But now in addition to the slaves of African descent that lived in the island the Jews are another group of people that have come fleeing persecution and who themselves had been slaves earlier in their history The Beracha Veshalom Hasadim Synagogue in St ThomasI thought The Marriage of Opposites was a wonderful work of historic storytelling but the novel also incorporates captivating fairy tales fables and allegories There are stories of talking parrots a turtle girl who is “half human with a human face and soul an apple tree that seems to live forever and a synagogue made of stone molasses and sand This last one apparently not so much a myth but a real combination of ingredients used by Sephardic Jews to hold bricks together the sand floors were used to muffle the sound of prayerAlice Hoffman crosses the lines between reality and the supernatural so flawlessly that at times is difficult to determine what parts of the story are intended to read as magic and what parts are presented as purely symbolicThere seems to be a very small amount of known facts about the life of the real Rachel Pomie but the author uses her fantastic imagination to recreate her as a strong willed sharp tongued passionate woman who refuses to abide by the racial or gender conventions of her times I absolutely loved Rachel's deep sense of individuality and her resolution to create her own destiny Like many islanders Rachel both loves her surroundings and feels trapped by them She buries herself in her father’s library reading voraciously and memorizing maps of Paris the city she dreams will one day become her permanent homeAs an only child she finds in Jestine the daughter of the Pomie's cook Adelle a sisterly connection that will last throughout their lifetimesRachel and Jestine spent endless hours leisurely exploring the island and dreaming of one day going to Paris togetherBut their plans are uickly derailed after Rachel's father arranges for her to marriage Isaac a 44 years widow and the father of three small children The purpose of their union is to help with the family’s struggling business Rachel doesn’t love her husband but she adores his children and she and Isaac have four together When Isaac suddenly dies Rachel finds herself without a home or livelihood and with 7 children to provide for and another one in the wayAt a time when women didn't have any rights not even over their own children she's not allowed to run the family business even though she is perfectly capable of doing soEnter Frederick Pizzarro Isaac's handsome much younger nephew who has come to settle the family’s estate When the 22 year old Pizzarro goes to meet his uncle's widow he's expecting to find an old lady instead he catches sight of Rachel Pomie only 30 in her white shiftHe felt he was seeing a secret a vision granted only to a few He could feel his desire as she glances at him The things he wished to do to this woman he could not have brought himself to say aloud This would definitely not be a marriage of convenienceFrederick is a fair minded diligent young man who is as smitten by the beauty of the island as he is by Rachel's passion for life and indomitable spirit Shortly after the meet Frederick and Rachel begin a passionate affair that sparks a scandal within their tight knit Jewish community Because Rachel is technically Frederick's aunt by marriage their relationship is consider to be incestuous in natureThe romance between Frederick and Rachel is one for the ages but they will paid a high price for it they are shunned for years by their community denied the right to get marry and their younger sons are forced to attend a Christian school where they are the only Caucasian and Jewish childrenIt's purely through sheer determination that Rachel and Frederick would get married They'd have to wait for almost a decade before their congregation recognizes the legitimacy of their marriage and the 4 children they had together Pissarro Flowering Plum Tree Eragny 1894The novels also follows the parallel story of Jestine who at a very young age experienced her own story of forbidden love She falls madly in love with Aaron the Pomie's spoiled adopted son but their interracial romance is also frown upon by their society so after it's discovered Aaron is sent to live in FranceJustine soon learns she is pregnant this daughter would be stolen from her when Aaron's wife learns she is unable to bear childrenThe third one of Frederick and Rachel's children was Jacob Abraham Camille PizzarroThe second half of the novel which I found much less interesting is mostly told from Camille's point of view It follows him throughout his life as he travels to Europe and South America returns to St Thomas only to be extremely miserable there and ultimately goes back to France where he becomes a prominent figure within the art circles of the times Pissarro Two Women Chatting by the Sea St Thomas 1856Pissarro who lost his first name and changed the spelling of his last name after permanently settling in France would become friends with Cezanne and have an important influence on the likes of Gauguin Renoir Vincent Van Gogh Camille Pissarro and his wife Julie Vellay 1877 Pontoise FranceRachel and Camille's relationship is difficult and one that seemed to fit into the opposites narrative of the novel As a man Camille is able to achieve many of the goals that Rachel is denied to pursueRachel tries to control his son and at least initially does her best to discourage his intention to develop his artistic talents And just like it happened between Rachel and her own mother the two of them clashed so freuently not because they are so different but because they are so similar As a young girl Rachel used to collect and create stories about the island and write them down She would hid these notebooks from her judgmental mother knowing she'd probably disapproved Years later when dealing with her own children she finds herself adopting a similar attitude completely oblivious to the irony that now she's the unyielding mother set on her ways to enforce rules she once considered stifling and arbitraryThere seems to be a rule that dictates that every new generation is destined to inflict the same restrictions on their children that were once imposed on them uite freuently those children suffer from these often misguided if well intentioned protections But inevitably they will turn their backs on their parents’s mandates build their own destinies and become their own storytellersI learned a lot while reading this novel starting with getting to know Camille Pissarro a amazing artist I hadn't heard of before The novel's exploration on the topics of religious intolerance racism and of course sexism sounds eerily familiar and as relevant today as everThe Marriage of Opposites is a beautifully love story one that I would highly recommend I had had The Marriage of Opposites on my radar for awhile after savoring Rules of Magic and its seuel Practical Magic late last year Magical realism has been my favorite genre since I transitioned to reading adult books during middle school its been years to say the least and I have found Alice Hoffman's books to be full of magical occurrences that make ordinary days vibrant I have also been fond of impressionist art since my childhood of going to the Art Institute of Chicago and viewing the works of master artists Needless to say The Marriage of Opposites appeared to contain many facets that made it a book that I would savor I proposed this book as a buddy read and found two groups of ladies happy to join me in the groups reading for pleasure and retro chapter chicks both here on goodreads check them out What followed was a tale of descriptive island life followed by heightened discussionsRachel Pomie grew up on the island of St Thomas during the early 1800s when Jews and Blacks enjoyed full rights granted to them by the Danish government Despite being able to practice their religion freely groups did not intermix Most well to do people still kept housekeepers in their homes and while they developed friendships inside the home it was looked down upon by society as a whole if they mixed in public Rachel's father Moses Monsanto Pomie escaped to St Thomas in a manner similar to that of his biblical namesake Carried to freedom in a basket by his able servant Enriue Moses moved his family along with their family apple tree from San Domingue to St Thomas amidst calls for a revolution and rioting It was in the relative safety of St Thomas that the Pomie family flourished as traders and local business men and became pillars of the island's Jewish communityWomen however were still considered property of both their fathers and husbands Rachel Pomie was the sole surviving child of her parents Moses and Sara and her father was determined to teach her as he would a son Rachel learned how to balance account books as well as to converse in Dutch French Spanish German and English This angered her mother who had always desired a male heir having lost a boy in infancy and lead to a rivalry between the two women that would last a lifetime Rachel found solace in reading fairytales by Charles Perrault as well as writing her own stories in a notebook that she kept hidden from her mother She explored the island alongside her only and closest friend Jestine the daughter of family housekeeper Adelle and the two girls grew up like sisters While their relationship as well as any interracial relationship was frowned upon by most islanders Moses Pomie was color blind when it came to race As such Rachel and Jestine grew up as sisters through their ups and downs and learned every inch of their vibrant island home and swore to each other that one day they would live in the fairytale city of ParisWhen it came time to marry Rachel married a widower Isaac Petit in order to expand on the family business; however it was not a match of love as Isaac favored his deceased wife Esther Rachel called upon the spirit of Esther in order to help her through trying times and became a loving step mother to Esther's three surviving children as well as the four children she had with Isaac Yet it was not a love match and Adelle who Rachel viewed as a mother insured Rachel that she would fall in love and she would know instantly when it happened This love match occurs when Isaac passes away and his nephew Frederic Pizarro arrives from France to take over the family business The two are smitten with each other even though the Jewish community calls the relationship incest Rachel and Frederic carry on as though its nobody's business but their own After years the scandal blows over and the two go on to have four children including Abraham Jacobo Camille Pizarro the father of French impressionistic artHoffman vibrantly describes both St Thomas island life as well as Paris so that the reader feels as though they are there She uses colors and textures to enrich the prose which includes ample references to St Thomas food and culture as well as Camille Pizarro's paintings down to the most minute details Yet what takes this novel to new heights is the use of magical realism especially in the sections of the book that occur in St Thomas Apple trees produce fruit whose taste mirrors the family mood birds live as long as humans and become messengers of good news and protectors of fates and Rachel and Jestine in their childhood adventures discover the place where sea turtles lay and hatch their eggs on their march to the sea and develop a turtle woman who can not decide if her place is in the sea or on land and remains as poignant symbolism throughout the duration of the novelBesides the vibrant island culture and bright life of mid 19th century Paris Hoffman's text is full of mature talking points that make this novel ripe for book discussion groups With the rights granted to all people on St Thomas many interracial romances occur including those denounced by the majority of the island Yet Adelle says love is love and should be color blind Hoffman weaves these characters' stories into the text flawlessly and these scorned love matches occur for nearly every couple in the novel Then their is conflict between parents and children religious practices and modernism and the contrast between St Thomas and Paris and their societies and how all of these locales affect Camille Pizarro's art With descriptive prose full of color The Marriage of Opposites became a uick vacation beach read yet also a novel full of discussion talking points Suffice it to say this will not be the last time that I suggest to my friends at reading for pleasure and retro chapter chicks that we read one of Ms Hoffman's vibrant novels4 shiny stars One of AHoffman's best writingsgreat to see her going back in time telling us all about what was happening back then like a spitefulmean and nasty mother while her educated daughter was force to get married to an older man who already had another wifepolygamyall this was taking place in the 1800s and is still happening todayit's an incredible story that was well written because of the pattern of today's worldsociety Reading about a place I have been is always special Of course I wasn't in St Thomas in the mid nineteenth century but some of the plant life and wildlife remains the same Hoffman and her new passion for writing about historical characters takes on the mother and her son Camille many thought to be the father of impressionism She also seems to gravitate to strong women and Rachel certainly was that and Her ability to bring to life characters time and place as well as her descriptive power to bring the colors and sounds of St Thomas to the forefront allow the reader to immerse themselves in the story Also realtes the political force and the hatred of Jews that led them to St Thomas Here they would form their own society a society that would for some portion of her life condemn Rachel and her growing family as well as her new husbandLoved the character of Rachel she was amazing A woman out of time who defied many in her uest to be true to herself At one point Camille goes to Paris and I loved that part of the story as well Rachel's best friend a negro who she was raised with Justeen has her own remarkable tale to tell She becomes a second mother to Camille As a seamstress she understand his desire for colors beautiful colors and muted colors any colors at all It is too a story about the relationship between a mother and sonThere is some magical realism in this story as well as much folklore Some wonderful secondary characters each with their own backstory Having read Hoffman for years I love her new foray into historical happenings but I miss her stories of whimsy Would like to see her write another of those Still a wonderful if a tad long storyARC from NetGalley

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  • 23 June 2016
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