Historical Fiction

The Marriage of Opposites

by Alice Hoffman

Quick take

In her 35th book, Hoffman continues to delight not just our imagination, but our senses as well. You can taste the coconut cake and feel your nose tingle from the island's jasmine and sea breezes.

Why I love it

Thanks to Alice Hoffman's exquisite new novel I can check off at least two items on my intellectual Bucket List…

In The Marriage of Opposites, the prolific author creates a colorful canvas on which she tells the fascinating story of Impressionist painter Camille Pissaro's spirited and defiant mother Rachel Pizzaro, whose love for her son helped shape the future of painting.

Growing up in a strict ...

Member thoughts

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  • Collyn W.

    Bloomfield, IA

    "I loved this book! It has been a while since I read it, but I do remember loving the story and the female protagonist. "

  • Shannon T.

    Sterling Heights, MI

    "Full emotional involvement. Alice Hoffman has such a gift for weaving a tragically human story into the kaftan of history. That being said, I do not know if too many men would be into this book. :)"

  • Erin E.


    "I fell completely, irreversibly in love with this book. From the characters to Hoffman's amazing and magical descriptions of the island."

  • Noam S.

    Greensboro, NC

    "Incredible book exploring family relationships, community ties, and hidden stories of our world."

  • Alyona S.

    Stamford, CT

    "Amazing book! Totally captivating story"

  • Ailyn H.

    Miami , FL

    "Absolutely loved this book. One of my favorites!! The writing is amazing, so detailed I felt like I was there. A beautiful love story and the story of a strong woman and great mother. "

  • Darcie N.


    "Alice Hoffman's writing is beautiful. I could see the flamboyant tree and smell the coconut cake through her words. This book made me laugh, cry and think."

  • Amanda F.

    Hattiesburg, MS

    "Alice Hoffman creates a magical reading experience. I feel like it was the most satisfying book I have read in a long time. Complete without giving too much. It let my mind wonder and explore!"

  • Patty M.

    North Attleboro, MA

    "A great read. Early 1800's on the island of St Thomas. It is the story of Camille Pissarro's family. (famous impressionist)"

  • Cecily H.

    Silver Spring, MD


  • gab l.

    adsfa, OH