White Horses by Alice Hoffman
Open Road Media: 9/23/14
eBook review copy; 320 pages
White Horses by Alice Hoffman is a so-so novel of a highly
dysfunctional family. This is one of Hoffman's early novels, first
published in 1982, that displays her greatest gift: the ability to write
incredibly descriptive lyrical prose while capturing an other-worldly
Teresa Connor comes from a family full of disappointments. Her parents,
Dina and King now despise each other. Dina used to tell Teresa about the
mythical Arias, dark-eyed, fearless cowboys
on white horses. This was the kind of man Teresa should look for. But
instead, Teresa is drawn to her reckless brother, Silver, a petty
criminal and drug dealer who would sweep her away. Once Dina realized
that sometimes kindness is a better quality to look for in a man, Teresa
is already swept down a dangerous path.
Enough has been said about the incest in this novel so I needn't
elaborate on it, however that doesn't mean, no matter how it turns out,
that I need to accept the premise as a good choice for a plot element.
It's not. There were also several scenes of lightly skipped over
unrealistic details that resulted in some eye rolls from me. The only
thing that could make me finish the novel is the quality of Hoffman's
writing and her descriptions, along with a general respect for her
talent. So read this one if you appreciate good writing and can handle
some truly bad scenes.
My review copy was courtesy of Open Road Media.