The Drowning Season (Paperback)

By Alice Hoffman

Berkley Books, 9780425184752, 240pp.

Publication Date: July 2, 2002



The New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic presents a "stunning and hypnotic" novel that "interweaves past and present with piercing images and unfailing energy"(Publishers Weekly).

On a secluded waterfront estate on the North Shore of Long Island, a matriarch named Esther rules over her clan. But in spite of her sharp tongue and manipulative ways, she cannot quite keep control over her charges. Her son, Philip, routinely tries to drown himself each summer; her granddaughter sneaks cigarettes and dreams of escape. Esther has hired Cohen, a Russian landscaper, to watch over the family as well as the grounds. But Cohen has been watching Esther as well. And his love for her is growing wild enough to uproot them all...

About the Author

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

Praise For The Drowning Season

"A triumph." —Los Angeles Times

"Absolutely of the best books I have ever read." —Chicago Sun-Times

"A superb novel." —John Irving