I just finished Alice Hoffman’s beautiful book, Faithful: A Novel. I love Alice Hoffman’s work. Her use of magic realism tempers otherwise gritty subjects, allowing what could be depressing material to read as hopeful. Her latest novel focuses on a young woman who is consumed with self-loathing after her friend is killed. The book follows her on a healing journey that stays true to each character and avoids veering into sentimentality, which can sometimes happen in books of this nature. I fell in love with Hoffman’s not-always-likeable protagonist and I think you will too. It’s a perfect read for this time of year.