Second Nature

by Alice Hoffman

Hardcover, 1994

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G.P. Putnam's (1994), Edition: 1st, 254 pages


A suburban woman discovers her own wild spirit in this "suspenseful...dark, romantic meditation on what it means to be human"(The New Yorker) from the bestselling author of The Rules of Magic. Robin Moore, coping with a divorce and a troubled teen-aged son, impulsively rescues a strange man from a psychiatric ward--a beautiful, uncivilized innocent who has been raised in the wilderness and possesses no more sophistication than a child. But when she brings him home to her perfectly ordered neighborhood, the events that follow cause Robin to question her wisdom and doubt her own heart--and, ultimately, to change all of her ideas about love and humanity. "Her richest and wisest, as well as her boldest, novel to date."--The New York Times Book Review… (more)

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LibraryThing member carmarie
Jodi Picoult, my favorite author. Not one that I really loved, but loved all the same!
LibraryThing member Camethyste
This was a really good story, though at times I wondered where it was going. On top of that, it was really sad, and didn't have the happy ending I was hoping for. It did end better than I expected.
LibraryThing member lorsomething
Wonderful story, compelling and poignant! Great imagination!
LibraryThing member bookheaven
Haunting, well written novel.
LibraryThing member bohemiangirl35
This was my first Alice Hoffman novel.I picked it up because I read an interview where Jodi Picoult said Hoffman was one of her favorite authors. Although it was an easy read and the first few pages hooked me, I quickly lost interest and never cared about the characters. It took me a month to
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finish it.
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LibraryThing member KRaySaulis
I've written so many times about Alice Hoffman, what more can I really say? She's amazing. She creates a magickal world we all want to believe in.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
short, intriguing, but just didn't quite get me, perhaps because I just didn't empathize with the characters as they were too superficially evoked
LibraryThing member raizel
A man who was raised by wolves after he is in a plane crash when he is 3 1/2 is taken in by a woman, who teaches him how to live among humans. Stephen must choose between his love for her and his desire to return to simpler way of life among animals.
LibraryThing member pegmcdaniel
I hope that eventually I'll be able to read all the books written by Alice Hoffman. I certainly have a long way to go but managed to quickly read Second Nature. I liked the well-developed characters, the concept, and of course, the writing style. She usually writes with more mysticism than she did
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in this novel, but she has written a novel that I enjoyed very much. It has depth, emotion, suspense, realistic settings, and a secret, sad romance.

Alice Hoffman knows how to write about human nature. This novel has several story lines among its characters and they all deal with how we react to various situations in our lives. Thought-provoking book.
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