The Ice Queen

The Ice Queen

Book - 2005
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Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters and idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning. She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds him he is opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316058599
0316058599
9780316154383
Call Number: HOFFMAN
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 25 cm
Subjects: Near-death experiences -- Fiction.
Life change events -- Fiction.
Women librarians -- Fiction.
Single women -- Fiction.
Lightning -- Fiction.

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DBRL_KatSU Nov 11, 2016

After the 8-year-old narrator has a spat with her mother and wishes her dead, her mother dies in an icy car wreck. Years later, after an isolated and unfeeling life, she is struck by lightning. Instead of dying, she loses her ability to see red and is constantly cold. She seeks out another person who has been struck by lightning- a man name Lazarus, who is the fire to her ice.
Hoffman's gorgeous and lyrical writing has made this a book I've reread on multiple occasions.

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red_parrot_84
Jul 09, 2014

I liked this book a lot. Everything is explained in good detail so you can imagine what is happening. It also has an interesting plot.

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oboechica88
Dec 05, 2013

I have read a few of Alice Hoffman's books before, and each time I am shocked by how beautifully she writes. For some reason it catches me by surprise in every novel without fail. That said, I think this is my favourite novel so far. Hoffman's prose is...indescribable. It is delicate and beautiful, yet paints a graphic, detailed picture in the reader's mind. The story is part fairy tale, part real life. I am not sure I would love this in a reread, but I really loved this novel and the journey it took me on.

If you liked this novel, you might enjoy a novel by Jodi Piccoult.

For the full review, head to my blog at so long and thanks for all the fish.

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Feb 07, 2014

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incendiaryblonde
Jul 16, 2008

Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters and idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning. She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds him he is her opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches.

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