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The marriage of opposites : a novel

Hoffman, Alice (author,, narrator.). Reuben, Gloria, 1964- (narrator.). Benko, Tina, (narrator.). Fontana, Santino, (narrator.).

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  • ISBN: 1442385804 :
  • ISBN: 9781442385801 :
  • Physical Description: 11 audio discs (approximately 14 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
    sound disc
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Simon & Schuster, [2015].

Content descriptions

General Note: Compact discs.
Subtitle from container.
Participant or Performer Note: Read by Gloria Reuben, Tina Benko and Santino Fontana, with an afterword read by the author.
Summary, etc.: Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. But Rachel's life is not her own. To save her father's business, she is married off to a widower with three children. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédéric, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, Camille Pissarro, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews - Audio And Video Online Reviews 1991-2018
    *Starred Review* Haunting music opens and closes this splendid production of Hoffman's mesmerizing novel, fictionalized biographies of impressionist giant Camille Pissarro and his mother, Rachel. Rachel's Jewish family left Europe seeking religious freedom on the Caribbean island of Saint Thomas. Young, rebellious Rachel loves the island's lush beauty, but she dreams of Paris and refuses suitors until finances dictate her marriage to an older widower. After he dies, his nephew comes from France to run the business, and he and Rachel fall in love and marry, scandalizing the Jewish community. Camille, the third son of their marriage, is as headstrong as Rachel and defies her by pursuing his art. Reuben sets the stage in a husky, sultry alto, and her expressive reading enhances the text's descriptions of the glittering island beauty and the couple's delirious passion. She is equally adept in portraying, in tones clipped self-righteously tight, society's discriminations and denunciations. She segues smoothly between the images of the island light and the nuanced colors of the surrounding ocean and Rachel's choking rage, barely assuaged when her second marriage and children are finally recognized. As Rachel, Tina Benko speaks in a softer, more constrained tone that is equally effective. Santino Fontana's delivery of Camille's story captures his restless, artistic temperament, from his battles with Rachel to his more settled life in Paris. Hoffman reads the historical note at the end of this luminous production. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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

Subject: Jewish families Fiction
Widows Fiction
Scandals Fiction
Man-woman relationships Fiction
Saint Thomas (United States Virgin Islands : Island) Fiction
Pissarro, Camille 1830-1903 Family Fiction
Pissarro, Camille 1830-1903
Jewish families
Man-woman relationships
United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas (Island)
Genre: Romance fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Romance fiction.
Historical fiction.
Love stories.
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