The Ice Queen
By Alice Hoffman
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316154383, 211pp.)
Publication Date: January 2006
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Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters and idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning. She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds himhe is opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches.
Alice Hoffman has published twenty-one novels, three books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her books have been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Her novels, many of which have been New York Tiimes bestsellers, have received mention as notable books of the year by the "New York Times", "Entertainment Weekly", the" Los Angeles Times", "Library Journal", and "People m"agazine. Alice's advance from "Survival Lessons "will be donated to the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.