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Second Nature

A Thriller

Alice Hoffman


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Digital Audiobook (2/28/1994)


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

Praise For Second Nature: A Thriller

Praise for Second Nature

“Hoffman tells a great story. Expect to finish this one in a single, guilty sitting.”—Mirabella

“Intelligent and absorbing...a celebration of the simple, unstinting grace of human love.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Generous, magical...Second Nature may be best read at full speed, hurtling down the mountain, as if falling in love.”—San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

“A rich and satisfying concoction...[A] modern fairy tale, full of insights into the battle between instinct and upbringing, desire and conformity.”—Booklist

“Iridescent prose, taut narrative suspense, alluring atmosphere, vivid characters.”—Boston Sunday Globe

Berkley, 9780425161630, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 1998

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, Practical MagicThe Marriage of OppositesThe Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on EarthThe Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.