It is that time of the year again: Podcasting season. This time, we’re interviewing Alice Hoffman, bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Third Angel, The Ice Queen, Practical Magic, Aquamarine and The River King. Her new book is The Story Sisters, the tale of three sisters growing up on Long Island. It’s a book full of loss and heartbreak, but also a book about the redemptive power of storytelling.
“It was April in New York City and from the window of their room at the Plaza Hotel everything looked bright and green. The Story sisters were sharing a room on the evening of their grandparents’ fiftieth anniversary party. Their mother trusted them completely. They were not the sort of teenagers who would steal from the minibar only to wind up drunk in the hallway, sprawled out on the carpet or nodding off in a doorway, embarrassing themselves and their families. They would never hang out the window to wave away cigarette smoke or toss water balloons onto unsuspecting pedestrians below. They were diligent, beautiful girls, well behaved, thoughtful. Most people were charmed to discover that the girls had a private, shared language. It was lovely to hear, musical. When they spoke to each other, they sounded like birds.”
[NOTE: Due to some technical issues, the audio levels are not consistent. I apologize for this. I recommend keeping the volume low on the introduction, as the actual interview is quite a bit louder.]
to download the podcast as an mp3.