Alice Hoffman Analysis

Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Alice Hoffman’s short stories and nonfiction have appeared in such notable publications as The New York Times, Boston Globe magazine, Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Premier, Self, Southwestern Review, and Redbook. Her work also has been published in the anthologies Family, Thirty-Three Things Every Girl Should Know, and Cape Cod Stories. In addition, she has written novels for young adults as well as children’s books.


(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Alice Hoffman’s novels have been recognized as notable books of the year by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People magazine. In 2007, her teen novel Incantation won the Massachusetts Book Award. A number of her works have been adapted for film, and she was the original screenwriter for the film Independence Day (1983). Her 1997 novel Here on Earth was selected for Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club, which helped her gain more readers as well as international acclaim. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her 1988 novel At Risk is included as required reading on many academic reading lists. After successful treatment for breast cancer in 1998, she established the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Current Biography 53, no. 9 (1992): 14-19. Biographic profile up to the early 1990’s.

Davis, Alan. “Family Fictions.” Hudson Review 60, no. 1 (2002): 161-167. Hoffman’s Blue Diary is one of several novels reviewed for their depiction of family dynamics.

Pinsker, Sansford. “The Grip of Family in the Novels of Alice Hoffman and David Small.” Critique 38, no. 4 (1997): 251-262. Analyzes Hoffman’s depiction of family, including women drawn to dangerous men, strong relationships between grandparents and grandchildren but tense relationships between mothers and daughters, and her use of magic as a plot device.

Steinitz, Rebecca. “Wuthering Depths.” Women’s Review of Books 15, no. 6 (1998): 6-8. Reviews Here on Earth, noting Hoffman’s revisioning of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights in contemporary New England.