Second Nature

Second Nature

Book - 1998
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Penguin Putnam
A suburban woman discovers her own wild spirit in this “suspenseful...dark, romantic meditation on what it means to be human”(The New Yorker) from the bestselling author of The Rules of Magic.

Robin Moore, coping with a divorce and a troubled teen-aged son, impulsively rescues a strange man from a psychiatric ward—a beautiful, uncivilized innocent who has been raised in the wilderness and possesses no more sophistication than a child. But when she brings him home to her perfectly ordered neighborhood, the events that follow cause Robin to question her wisdom and doubt her own heart—and, ultimately, to change all of her ideas about love and humanity.

“Her richest and wisest, as well as her boldest, novel to date.”—The New York Times Book Review

Baker & Taylor
When Robin Moore, a divorced mother of a teenaged son, brings an off-islander named Stephen to her island home, his presence transforms all who cross paths with him

& Taylor

When Robin Moore, a divorce+a7e and mother of a troubled teenage son, brings a stranger to her suburban home, her life changes forever as she soon begins to heal from her divorce and rediscovers love and humanity once more. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Berkley, 1998, c1994
Edition: Berkley trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780425161630
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOFFMAN
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 21 cm


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Jun 12, 2013

This is one of Alice Hoffman's earlier works. The story of a man who has lived in the wild with wolves most of his life is compelling, especially as he tries to adapt to the life of an ordinary man. Robin, the gardener who rescues him, makes hard choices as she finds herself falling in love with him. A series of grizzly murders, animal and human, a life crisis involving Stuart, Robin's psychiatrist brother, and the subplots dealing with Ray (Robin's ex-husband) and her son Connor, weave a suspenseful story. I enjoyed the book very much and was compelled to finish it, resulting in two very late nights.


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