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  1. Blue Diary
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  2. Blue Diary

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    Customer Ratings (133 reviews)
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"With her glorious prose and extraordinary eye, Alice Hoffman seems to know what it means to be human." (Susan Isaacs, Newsday)

The courage to face the unthinkable is at the core of this magnificent new novel. How do we manage to confront the truths in our lives and find forgiveness in the most unforgiving of circumstances? How do we love truly and deeply in a world that is as brutal as it is beautiful?

When Ethan Ford fails to show up for work on a brilliant summer morning, none of his neighbors would guess that for more than thirteen years, he has been running from his past. His true nature has been locked away, as hidden as his real identity. But sometimes locks spring open, and the devastating truths of Ethan Ford's history shatter the small-town peace of Monroe, affecting family and friends alike.

This deeply felt and compelling novel makes it clear why Alice Hoffman has been called "one of the best writers we have today" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Honest, shattering, seductive, and ultimately healing, Blue Diary is an unforgettable novel by a writer who tells "truths powerful enough to break a reader's heart" (Time).

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Alice Hoffman
G. P. Putnam's Sons
G. P. Putnam's Sons
G. P. Putnam's Sons
G. P. Putnam's Sons
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Alice Hoffman's latest novel is based on the fascinating - though maybe not so novel - premise that someone can seem so good on the outside yet harbor a horrible, dark past. The story about a seemingly wonderful man, good husband and father and community member, who committed a brutal crime 15 years earlier, is well-crafted, though some parts drag on a bit. The ending was not one of the possible pat endings she could have come up, which is a testament to her talents. i read this book in one sitting.
However, there were some loose ends that kept me thinking after I finished the book. How did Ethan get his new identity? and what did he tell Jorie about his past, why he had no family whatsoever, not even an aunt or uncle and no friends from his time growing up. That part to me was unbelievable. Also the parts of the book that were told in Kat's voice were not really believable -- too much maturity and insight from a 12 year old. Very few authors can pull off trying to write like an... Read more
In "Blue Diary," Alice Hoffman asks an intriguing question: What would happen if someone you knew and loved, was seen on "America's Most Wanted?" Ethan Ford and his wife Jorie and son Collie have lived a model life in the small Massachusetts town of Monroe, until the day a neighbor sees Ethan's picture on TV and discovers his real name is Byron Bell and he's wanted for the murder of a young girl in Maryland. Soon the sheriff is at Ford's door and the quiet little town of Monroe will never be the same. Can a bad man become good? Or has Ethan/Byron simply been pretending to be a local hero and model father for the past 15 years? Ford's friends and family struggle with these questions in "Blue Diary," which is not a murder mystery (Ford quickly confesses) or courtroom drama (the book ends before the trial even begins), but instead a probe into every day human nature. "Blue Diary" also takes Hoffman's unique narrative style (writing each chapter... Read more
"Blue Diary" is Alice Hoffman's fourteenth novel, so one would think she would know better than to create such cliched and cardboard-cutout characters as the ones that people this story. I love Hoffman's lyrical, and sometimes hyperbolic prose however, so I decided to give "Blue Diary" a chance.
The plot of this book is not bad, but it's nothing to email your friends about, either. After thirteen years of marriage, and the birth of a son, an unsuspecting, but perfect wife, Jorie Ford, is shocked when her perfect husband, Ethan is arrested for the long-ago rape and murder of a teenaged girl. Even more shocking to Jorie is the fact that "Ethan" is not really "Ethan." He is Byron Bell, a sociopathic murderer.
Although I found the plot of "Blue Diary" rather trite, it was the characters that really made me dislike the book. Jorie is simply "too perfect." She is the perfect homemaker, the perfect mother, the perfect gardener. And even all this sweet perfection and outward... Read more
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