The Marriage of Opposites
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The Marriage of Opposites


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro; the Father of Impressionism.

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. Growing up, Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father's business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Fréderick, 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, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.

Building on the triumphs of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, set in a world of almost unimaginable beauty, The Marriage of Opposites showcases the beloved, bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers. Once forgotten to history, the marriage of Rachel and Fréderick is a story that is as unforgettable as it is remarkable.

Title:The Marriage of Opposites
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:371 pages

    The Marriage of Opposites Reviews

  • Elyse
    Mar 27, 2015

    I thought the "Dovekeepers" was absolutely a fantastic book.....Yet... For some reason...I thought "The Marriage of Opposites", was going to be a much more straight forward simple story, one that was ...

  • Jen
    Apr 24, 2015

    No doubt about it, Hoffman is a talented author. She's got a unique style and her stories are always so diverse. This one is no different. It is lavishly lyrical in spirits, visions and superstitions....

  • Iris P
    May 17, 2015

    WARNING MY REVIEW CONTAINS PLENTY OF SPOILERS!The Marriage of Oppositesop·po·site ˈäpəzət/noun plural noun: oppositesa person or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or...

  • Angela M
    Mar 24, 2015

    A work of historical fiction written by Alice Hoffman was all I needed to know and I was immediately interested in reading this book . I loved the Dovekeepers and while they are very different stories...

  • Diane S ?
    Mar 26, 2015

    Reading about a place I have been is always special. Of course, I wasn't in St. Thomas in the mid nineteenth century but some of the plant life and wildlife remains the same. Hoffman and her new passi...

  • Michael
    May 13, 2015

    This family saga about the life of Camille Pissarro’s mother evokes a great sense of place for the West Indies island of St. Thomas as a site of intersection of race, culture, class, and religion in...

  • Jenna
    Aug 05, 2015

    4.5 StarsI’ve been approved twice for early copies of Alice Hoffman’s books and both times I nearly did cartwheels around my house. I am a fairly new fan of Hoffman’s but what I have read swept ...

  • Cathrine ??
    Sep 13, 2015

    4.5★This is a completely biased and prejudicial review from an avowed Alice Hoffman fan.She describes “purple air smelling of hyacinths”, a blue eyed woman “whose soul was as quiet as snow”,...

  • Phrynne
    Nov 17, 2015

    A slight degree of disappointment that this was not as great as the reviews led me to expect! Nevertheless it was an enjoyable read albeit a little slow in parts. Rachel was an interesting main charac...

  • Chrissie
    Jul 05, 2015

    After 1/3:I am thoroughly enjoying myself! Vibrant colors, island life, folklore and history all rolled into one. Real life characters that draw you in. Physical attraction and love.In conclusion: I t...

About Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston and New York