Alice Hoffman,
Green Angel
(Scholastic, 2003)

Alice Hoffman's third short novel marketed to the young adult audience has appeal far beyond the angstful teen readers for whom it was likely written.

Green Angel is more prose poem than novel, although there is a typically twisty-turny-quirky Hoffman plot that satisfies deeply. The deft use of archetypal/fairy tale/mythological concepts resonates through the text on many levels. But language is the essence here: pure, poetic, lyrically luminous and unnervingly numinous.

This book is a sensual delight, a sweet and succulent literary morsel, a simple and lovely reading pleasure.

by Stephen Richmond
22 October 2005

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