The Ice Queen

The Ice Queen

A Novel

Book - 2005
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After a small town librarian survives a lightning strike, she seeks out a fellow survivor in a quest for meaning, only to begin an obsessive love affair between two opposites joined by a single common thread.

Blackwell North Amer
Be careful what you wish for. A woman who was touched by tragedy as a child now lives a quiet life, keeping other people at a cool distance. She even believes she wants it that way. Then one day she utters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks a strange and powerful new beginning.
After the lightning strike, the chill in her spirit starts to have physical manifestations. She feels frozen from the inside out, and everything red looks as colorless as snow. Hearing of a fellow lightning-strike survivor - a man who was apparently dead for forty minutes, then simply got up and walked away - she goes in search of him. Perhaps Lazarus Jones, as he is known, can teach her to live without fear. He turns out to be her perfect opposite, a man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both hide their most dangerous secrets - what happened in the past that turned one to ice and the other to fire. And everyone in her fragile network of friends and family will be drawn into the conflagration of their joining.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316058599
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOFFMAN
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 25 cm


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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.

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.

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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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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